Monthly Archives: November 2006

Mr Angry Remixed

Sometimes I wish I knew why my brain worked the way it does.  I get fixated in ways that make no sense.  For instance, on Sunday I was obsessed with doing that street art video.  I spent hours wandering the streets getting the images then I spent hours editing it.  Any sensible person would have paced themselves and left the editing for another day.  But I happen to not be particularly sensible.

I had this weird obsession that I had “promised” to do the video over the weekend and so I had to do it.  It isn’t as if the world would have stopped turning  if I’d done something else but my brain tends to be fairly linear.  An idea got into it and I wanted to follow through on that despite the fact that common sense may have dictated a different course of action.

Now I’m feeling really run down.  Maybe I can blame my obsessive-compulsive delirium on some illness.  Yes, that’s it!  I’m not mental after all.  Just a little sick.

So I’ve also done a bunch of stuff for The Fizz.  I might as make the best of my surge of activity.  If anyone actually gets DirecTV let me know and I’ll tell you the airing dates.  It’s slightly weird – being on TV but not knowing anyone who will actually see it.  Once it’s been on TV it will probably be on YouTube so I’ll post it here as well.

As I’m feeling too run down to write a particularly long post today I’ll finish with another video.  This is actually a remix of one of my “angry news” pieces done by one of my subscribers.  His user name is Conmech and he puts an amazing amount of work into his videos – check out the special effects!  I have his footage as well so I’m doing my own “director’s cut” later in the week.

He lives in Turkey so we’re promoting it as a more positive collaboration than previous Australian/Turkish “adventures”.  Maybe the cross-cultural aspects will finally get me featured on YouTube!

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Workplace crimes

Is there any workplace crime so heinous as a truly appalling fashion choice?  I’ve just been confronted with a cow-orker choosing to wear tailored shorts and long white socks.  I’m against the death penalty on principle but still, some people are begging for some extreme retribution.  You know you’re working in the public service in Australia when someone wears daggy shorts and long white socks to work.

I remember years ago when I had a holiday in Darwin, noticing that this was pretty much the uniform for office workers there.  It’s fairly intense tropical heat there, the temperature is 30 – 40 Celsius all year with the only variation being in humidity.  That varied from 75% to 95%.  So I’m not surprised that they don’t wear business suits but surely there’s a less appalling choice than knee length tailored shorts meeting knee length white socks?  And the pants were always beige!  White short sleeved shirt, beige shorts, white socks and brown shoes.

And I even saw one freak wearing a full-on fucking safari suit!  My dad wore these getups all the time when I was growing up but at least he had the excuse that it was the 70s.  I think the pinnacle of his sartorial splendour was a lime green number.  I should talk, I had a denim safari suit as a kid and I thought it was the coolest thing going.  Two of my brothers had identical outfits – we were quite a sight: three pre-teen boys all in dark blue denim safari suits.  Sometimes I still have nightmares that I open my wardrobe and that’s all there is to wear.

This has also reminded me that as I look towards my next contract, one of the many variable I have to deal with is the dress code in the new workplace.  There is quite a bit of variation in Australian workplaces; there’s the suit and tie places (still the most common), “business casual” (reasonably common) or full casual (the rarest). 

While I actually hate wearing a suit and tie, there are some saving graces to this.  Mainly, I don’t have to think as hard about what to wear.  Then there’s the fact that there’s a clear separation between your work wear and home wear.  Sometimes that psychological separation can be really important.  Plus, I’m also less worried about the impression I create with what I wear – a suit and tie is pretty hard to screw up.  I don’t move in the rarefied circles where everyone wears Armani suits and sneers at my off the rack numbers.

When an Australian workplace specifies “business casual” it usually means no jeans and men have to wear shirts with a collar (you can usually get away with polo shirts if that’s your thing).  Full casual sounds good in principle but it’s really easy to screw up or go too far.  One recent workplace had a “no rules” policy but a few people memorably pushed the limits of what was acceptable even there.  Some men in particular had a tendency to wear beachwear in the warmer weather: board shorts, t-shirt and thongs (that’s Australian footwear thongs, not bum-floss underwear thongs).  There was one young female who famously had a tendency to wear outfits that even if you saw her wearing them in a nightclub you’d think she was a skank.  But wearing them to work?  What the fuck was she thinking?

Oh well, maybe I’ll get “discovered” on YouTube in the meantime and I can forget all about this office shit.

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Braving the riots

I am so friggin’ tired right now.  I braved the barricaded streets of Melbourne today to get some footage for another street art video.  There is so much of this stuff around Melbourne, it’s amazing.  I only used about half the stuff I shot in the end – and there’s still heaps more I could find.  I stopped at this point so the video wouldn’t be too long.

The G20  “riots” were a bit of a non-event – several streets were closed, including some seedy back alleys that have some good stencils usually.  The local tabloid had a field day, calling it a “day of shame” and foaming at the (metaphorical) mouth about the terrible miscreants.  Have I mentioned before how much I hate tabloid media?  I swear, those brainless conservative fuckwits need a good beating so the get a sense of perspective.  Admittedly, beating them might not make their worldview more balanced but I’d enjoy beating them.

Anyway, this video took forever to edit, so enjoy it dammit!

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Rioting in the streets

Well, maybe – maybe not.  It’s hardly a Paris-level riot but there a bit of carrying on in Melbourne today while the G20 convention is in town.  I was going to take some more pictures of graffiti to make another video but it turns out this is a bad idea today.  Skulking around back alleys with a camera and a mask is likely to get my head caved in with a baton if the cops see me.

I had been out at my daughter’s birthday party on the other side of town and thought I’d stop in the city on my way home.  Getting a few photos while I was out seemed more efficient than going out again tomorrow.  Instead of getting photos I got stuck in road blacks and traffic jams, now I have a headache and feel absolutely fucked – as if I’d been out all night.

I was up a little late but only watching cartoons and making videos.  I actually did a new intro for my angry news pieces, here it is for your viewing pleasure:

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I deleted your comment because I hate you!

Well, not really, but that heading probably got your attention. I really hope that I haven’t deleted anyone’s legitimate comments but it’s distinctly possible I have because, for the first time, I’ve just deleted the comment spam blocked by Akismet without checking for “false positives”. I did this because in the last 24-48 hours 610 comment spams have been blocked. And I’ll be fucked if I’m looking through a list that long manually.

That number is five times higher than I’m used to. I guess that means I’m popular. I remain forever indebted to Akismet but I can’t help but be horrified by this onslaught.  It was only a week ago that I mentioned Akismet had blocked around 7,500 spam for me, that figure is now almost 9,500! Without Akismet I would literally have given up on blogging. It simply wouldn’t be any fun to deal with that tsunami of spam manually. Actually, just putting up one of those stupid “captcha” things seems to work as well. But I really like being able to let people comment on my blog without any barrier.

On a related note, Spamhaus (who I’ve covered in one for my Blogging Times vlogs) have published a list of the world’s worst spammers, a comparatively small group of people responsible for 80% of the world’s spam. I’ve said it before and I’ll doubtless say it again – I want these fuckers dead. They’d better hope I never score a big lotto win because I’ll be using the money to hire hitmen.

While I’m doing a self-indulgent blog post essentially about my own blog, I think I’ll share the news of the successful execution of the next stage of my plan for world domination. At each 100 post milestone I’ve publicly set myself a challenge to achieve in the next 100 posts. I do this publicly to prod myself to keep trying to achieve more. Left to my own devices, I’m incredibly lazy. At post 100 I said I’d start doing podcasts of my written posts and I actually took it one step further and started doing videos. At post 200 I said I’d start doing live performances and I did that. At post 300 (the most recent milestone) I said I’d cut a new deal either with someone I didn’t already know or one that made me some significant money.

I’ll be honest with you, this most recent one scared me a bit, it was out of my comfort zone. I’m a mass of contradictions, one of which is that despite brash appearances on this blog, I’m actually not very good at self-promotion. And I deliberately made this a “stretch” goal (as annoying management types say) that would be a challenge to actually reach. I could have made it much easier in a way that none of you would have been any the wiser about but this goal-setting is for me and what’s the use of lying to myself?

I knew Howard was launching Wallstrip during this goal period and I knew I could convince him to let me do posts for Wallstrip. So if I had just said “I’ll get Mr Angry published anywhere else” it would have been too easy. Wallstrip was a lock and I wasn’t going to cheat – I already knew Howard so I deliberately ruled Wallstrip out of the list of acceptable achievements. Having said that, I do actually feel quite proud of being included in the Wallstrip conversation, I think this is going to be quite big. And in case anyone is worried I’m being exploited, yes, I was offered payment for both The Blogging Times and Wallstrip but getting in on the ground floor of an exciting opportunity is way more important to me right now than short-term money.

You might have worked out by now that I’m building up to something. Anyone who spends time on YouTube (or pays close attention to this blog) is likely to have seen “Mr Safety”. This popular YouTuber (real name Cory Williams) is going to be HUGE! Mark my words, you’ll be seeing him on mainstream TV or movies soon. You can already see him on DirecTV in the states if you get that service because he’s hosting a show built around online videos. The people who produce that show saw one of my responses to a Mr Safety video and invited me to contribute to the show. For money!

So, I’ve already achieved the goals I set at post 300! A deal with someone I don’t know AND being paid. The money they’re offering per appearance is quite reasonable, not enough to quit my day job (unless I do about a dozen appearances a month) but enough that I feel sorta professional. For anyone interested in sponsoring me, I’d need to be making about a grand a week to feel like it was worth doing full-time. That’s a LOT less than I get for my day job but it would be enough to dedicate myself to something I love doing.

So you might see more frequent posts from me now than the one daily written post I’ve been doing.  I’ll be honest with you; I wasn’t sure I could actually reach this goal, it was bit scary.  I was going to stretch out the time available to me for as long as possible while keeping to my minimum one post a day.  And I might post videos more frequently as well rather than occasionally putting four videos in a single post.  I think I know the challenge I have to set myself for post 400 but that’s at least a month or two away so I’ll keep it to myself for now.

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That tears it!

I’ve wasted far too much time this week talking about big, important issues.  It’s time to have a spray about one of those little issues that absolutely shits me up the wall.  I’ve mentioned before I had to move buildings at work recently (my current employer spreads operations across a number of buildings.)  Having to move is a minor pain in the arse but coming to terms with all the little changes to the available facilities is what really pisses me off. 

The kitchenette has some pluses and some minuses.  On the plus side, the fridge seems to get a lot less use here than had been usual in other areas (this is my 5th move of the year) so there’s always lots of room for my truckloads of high-caffeine cola.  On the down side, there’s a bit of a crappy sandwich toaster.  I like making toasted sandwiches for my lunch but there are a range of different sandwich presses in the different kitchens and this is one of the crap ones. 

Good sandwich presses have a little control on the side that lets you adjust how far the top comes down, thus saving your sandwich from being squashed.  This is important because the sandwiches taste better if the bread isn’t squashed.  It does so make a fucking difference!  Stop looking at me like I’m some sort of obsessive-compulsive freak.  But this isn’t even the thing that’s pissing me off.

What’s sending me around the bend is the paper towel dispenser in the toilets.  Namely, the fucking thing doesn’t work.  There is a distinct lack of paper being dispensed.  It’s a real struggle to pull paper out without it ripping.  As your hands are wet when you try to get paper (pretty much by definition) this makes it even more likely that you’re going to rip off useless little scraps rather than get the full sheet you need which in turn clogs up the dispenser making it harder again to get any paper out.

It boggles the mind how this is possible.  This isn’t a new building so it isn’t as if someone’s recently installed the wrong facilities.  It doesn’t happen in the other buildings.  And it’s hard to blame the guy responsible for repairing facilities because I’ve seen him in there a few times trying to solve the problem.  He’s tried filing the sharp edges off the dispenser and taping over the edges but it still doesn’t fucking work!

The only thing I can think of is that someone has recently started buying a different sort of paper and its dimensions are ever so slightly out of whack with the dispenser which results in them getting stuck.  This would be a shame if it’s the case because it’s nice paper – much softer than you usually get in workplaces.  Plus, they probably bought a truckload of the stuff and they’re not going to throw it out instead of using it.

It’s lucky that I like most aspects of this job.  In some of my other jobs that had me in a bad mood most of the time anyway, an annoying thing like this would have sent me on a rampage of destruction that would have ended in multiple fatalities.  As it is, I’ve managed to limit myself to punching a few of the more annoying cow-orkers who I figure deserved it anyway.

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When Project Management Works

OK, I don’t want to sound completely negative but I’m going to start this post by saying that even when Project Management works, things go wrong.  But that’s OK because things going wrong isn’t necessarily the death knell for a project, it doesn’t even have to be particularly problematic.  It’s all about how you react when things go wrong.

I’m going to tell a happy Project Management story now.  The project I am just coming to the end of has been one of the best run projects I have ever worked on and in the last ten years of contracting I’ve worked on a hell of a lot of projects.  I wasn’t the Project manager, so I’m not big-noting myself.  It’s easy to point out what’s wrong in dysfunctional projects or dysfunctional workplaces generally but it’s really refreshing to be able to cite a real world example where most things went right.

Here’s the summary version: for a major project to work, you need to have ALL of the following in place -

  1. A Plan
  2. Flexibility
  3. Communication
  4. Support
  5. Respect

1. A Plan.  It doesn’t have to be an exhaustive plan with every task measured down to the micro level (see my previous Project Management post for my views on this idea) but you need to have an idea of where you’re going with clearly defined milestones that tell you when you’ve reached key points in the project.

2. Flexibility.  Just deal with the fact that you won’t have thought of everything in the plan.  Be prepared for the fact your estimates may turn out to be wildly inaccurate.  Being right or wrong isn’t as important as how you react when you are wrong.  When you discover something you didn’t know before, take it on board and analyse how it is going to affect the existing plan and milestones.  DON’T PRETEND IT ISN’T HAPPENING!  Don’t pretend you can stick to the original plan if you work a little harder.  This is why “Waterfall” fails – things change and it’s useless to pretend otherwise.  And if you happen to work somewhere toxic enough to punish you for telling the truth about these sorts of things – get another job.  Quit or quit complaining.

3. Communication.  I’m not talking about a series of interminable meetings that waste everybody’s times.  I’m talking about real communication – letting people know what’s happening and how it will affect them.  How you do this is up to you – the best method will vary with the situation; face-to-face, email and/or a wiki are all viable options.  I’ll do another post on identifying the appropriate levels of communication on another day.

4. Support at all levels of the business.  If everyone involved isn’t fully on board you are going to face a lot of unnecessary fights.  The IT team has to agree, the business has to agree, the users have to agree, management has to agree, external customers have to agree and any vendors involved have to agree.  Every day you spend in the early stages of a project getting various “champions” on your side will save you from a week to a month or more further down the line.

5. Respect.  You have to respect everyone in your team.  Your team has to have the respect of other areas of the business.  Without this the project will get derailed by ridiculous shit-fights along the lines of “this is all going wrong because Bozo over there doesn’t know what they’re doing.”  The person in question may well be a Bozo who knows nothing.  But if there isn’t professionalism within a project then everyone suffers.

A few war stories from this project.  One of the biggest strengths of this Project manager was that he was always diligent about controlling scope creep.  Every time someone had a new idea he would let them know the implications.  He didn’t start discussions with “No, you can’t have that,” (a recipe for nasty conflicts) but he would always say “We can look at that but we have to do some analysis first.  That’s outside the scope we’ve already agreed on and we need to be sure of what impact it would have on our existing plan.”  So nobody was ever given a straight “no” but the project didn’t turn into some horrific, never-ending death march.

The worst thing that happened was when an influential manager who was nothing directly to do with the project was given the specification documents to read.  It wasn’t a bad idea to get his opinion, he’s an intelligent and experienced IT professional.  But it was a terrible idea to show him the specs for the first time a week before we were planning to send the tender out to potential vendors. 

You can’t “un-ask” someone important (in the political sense) for their opinion just because their opinion becomes inconvenient.  The end result of this was that the process of getting the Tender finalised to everyone’s satisfaction and sent off kept dragging on.  Because this was a totally unplanned event we had no way of knowing how long it would take to resolve and instead of lasting the week we’d allowed for, it took about 5 weeks.  And every day we were thinking “maybe we’ll be finished in another day or two.”

I almost lost it at week 4 and was ready to go postal on my cow-orkers.

I’ll finish with what was one of the best surprises of the project.  At a critical point in the evaluation process, the project team had committed to the management steering committee to have a decision within two weeks – an aggressive timeline given the circumstances but one we were confident we could meet.  The head of the steering committee (the second most senior manager in the entire company) had a look at our proposal and said:

“I don’t think you’re allowing yourselves enough time.  This is a big decision and I’d rather it was done right than done quickly.  I think you should spend an extra month on the evaluation and then come back to us.”

This sort of common sense shouldn’t be a surprise.  But I don’t remember the last time someone on the business side said, unsolicited, to an IT project team: “You should take more time to make sure this gets done right.”

And now, because I’m a contractor, I’ll be moving on.  With my luck, the next place will be the polar opposite of this place – a madhouse where everything gets done wrong.  At least it will provide a lot of blog material.

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Reasons YouTube Sucks

One thing YouTube has in common with every online environment I’ve experienced in the last ten or so years is that it’s full of bitchfights.  I’ve voiced my own displeasure (in my usual restrained way) with its shortcomings both on this blog and on YouTube itself but even I think there’s a few people who need to sit down to a three-course serving of calm the fuck down.

I actually had a video of my own taken down by the powers that be for being “inappropriate” for the first time recently.  This is enough reason in itself for me to get pissed off at the YouTube administrators again but it’s far more the way they do things than what they do that pisses me off.  In short, their decision making process is completely opaque – they provide no communication about what they’re doing or why they’re doing it.  Considering they’re providing a service that allows for unprecedented levels of open communication this is almost ironic.  It isn’t quite ironic – it would be more accurate to call in mind-fucking-bogglingly stupid.

Take my case; the video they took down had been up for about three months without causing the collapse of western civilisation.  I say “about” because I don’t know when it was taken down because I was given no notification whatsoever of the takedown.  It would be obnoxious enough if I was told about it and given no opportunity for recourse but I wasn’t even told that it had happened.  I stumbled across the fact by accident when I was randomly going through my rather large collection of videos checking stats.  One among 150 doesn’t exactly stand out. 

Now, the “inappropriate content” in question was obviously the semi-nude image right in the middle of the video.  This is a little game you can play on YouTube – whatever image is in the exact centre of the video is what gets “grabbed” as the image to represent the video.  So if you couple a suggestive image with a series of suggestive tags, all of which are completely irrelevant to the body of the video, you catch a bunch of horny YouTubers looking for some hot porn action.  I’ve done this twice for a bit of a laugh – included a bunch of my out-takes with a suggestive image in the middle – and the two videos were viewed over 100,000 times.

There are a number of things about the decision to remove this video that are amazingly stupid (on top of how unforgiveably fucked it is to not even tell me about it.)  First, the concept that a bit of butt crack is offensive is blindingly stupid.  Second, the video had been up for months – it was no longer possible for someone to stumble upon it randomly so it could only be found by people deliberately searching for it (i.e. people looking for porn).  The fact that the video could only be found by someone looking for porn content leads me to believe that the complaint lodged against it was malicious, not genuine outrage by some poor soul who was offended by it.

The malicious individual could fall into one of a number of camps (based on my experience).  First, they might be a common or garden variety hater who simply saw this as an opportunity to fuck with me.  Second, they might have been a specific type of hater with a specific axe to grind against me.  This is most likely to be a racist/nazi or a Michelle Malkin supporter.  The MM crowd could just possibly be mad at me because after using the image I had the thought that one of the women looked kinda sorta like Malkin and so I promoted the blog post as “Michelle Malkin’s secret lesbian sex tape”.  Now if anyone happens to type “michelle malkin lesbian” into a search engine they get pointed to me.  Whoops.

The funny thing is, if you look at the blog post, you can’t play the video but the grabbed image still comes up with a message saying the video is no longer available.  So the central joke is still there.  Ha fucking ha you piece of shit loser haters.

But what it all comes back to is the thing that really pisses me off about YouTube is the complete lack of communication with users.  They can’t be unaware of what’s making users angry because people are making dozens of videos about what they hate every day.  But they don’t communicate with the YouTube community as a whole to let them know that the concerns are understood and being acted on.  Hey geniuses, POST A FUCKING VIDEO BLOG!  The things that suck about YouTube that the YouTube administrators are doing a pissweak job of addressing include:

  1. They seem completely unconcerned that people are using the reporting/complaint process in a malicious way rather than to express genuinely felt offence.  My case is relatively minor, several users have had their accounts banned simply because they were controversial and some dedicated haters constantly attacked them.
  2. The comment and messaging systems are utterly fucked.  Somehow they can manage the awesome act of serving up hundreds of millions of videos but they can’t get a simple system for community interaction working.  The only conclusion I can draw from this is that they don’t care.  YouTube ignores this at their peril.  Hey competitors: don’t waste your time trying to lure YouTubers with payment systems, create a community that works and users will come in droves!
  3. Everything in their rating system is absurdly easy to game.  Like the commenting system, this would be comparatively trivial to fix.  YouTube simply seem to have totally underestimated how important this is to the community.  I don’t get as worked up about this as a lot of people do, but it’s really annoying that their ratings systems are so easily abused.
  4. Their selection criteria for “featured” videos is completely opaque.  This is a major feature of the site and can easily be worth hundreds of thousands of views and instant “fame”.  Some really good videos have been featured and this has brought a lot of attention to people who really deserved it.  But a lot of really fucked videos have been featured as well.  If I see one more “cute animal” video gets featured, someone will pay.  Seriously.  I don’t need to see another fucking video of a fucking bunny eating fucking lettuce.  Fuck!

Does that last paragraph make me sound bitter?  Can you tell I’ve never been featured?  Would I complain a lot less if I was featured and suddenly gained thousands of subscribers?  Hell yes!

So what it all comes down to is YouTube ignoring their community.  As the folk stories tell it, the original concept for the site was very community oriented but it got real big real quick.  I should throw in the standard disclaimers so this doesn’t sound totally whiny.  YouTube is free and it’s a little churlish to whine about free services.  The founders picked up a few billion bucks worth of Google stock for their work so they could feel justified in thinking they’re doing the right things despite the whinings of poor know-nothing users.  But this goes beyond wanting more features for free (although I do want more features.  For free.)

This is the single biggest threat to YouTube’s long term viability.  So-called analysts keep pointing to competitors offering to pay content creators as the biggest threat to YouTube.  Guess what?  These competitors have been offering payment for a while now and neither users nor creators have left YouTube in droves.  The one high profile creator who tried to jump ship to Revver, the creators of “Lonelygirl15″, failed miserably and came slinking back to YouTube.  A competitor that remedies every problem YouTube is having with “community” and comes across as responsive to user complaints is in a very strong position to do some very serious damage to YouTube.

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I have no future in Public Relations

There are several reasons I will never work in PR or marketing.  First and foremost, I have not had a soul-ectomy.  My soul is still intact and so I am obviously precluded from working in this field, favoured as it is by Satan’s most devious minions.  Another reason is that I’m no good with names and so could never master the dark art of “schmoozing.” 

You know those people who can walk around a room full of people they’ve met may once, shaking hands and calling everyone by name?  That isn’t me.  I need to talk to someone day after day for weeks until I remember their name.  I’m far worse than average at this and this makes life as a contractor a little difficult.  Usually I end up in new workplaces two or three times a year which means I have to learn a whole bunch of new names each time.  And it’s horribly unfair – they only have to learn one new name (mine) while I have to learn all of theirs.

I spend a ridiculous amount of time walking around saying “Hey, how are you going?” without using a name then walking off in horror thinking “Oh god, they know my name, who the hell was that?”  People usually end up thinking I’m very security conscious because I always suggest that everyone should wear prominently displayed name tags at all times.  The building manager thinks “Fine idea, it will be easier to spot unauthorised people.”  I think “at least I’ll have a slightly better chance of getting people’s names right.”

I know I’m not unique in suffering from this social disability.  Some friends of mine had a band called The Sweets of Sin and they summed up the feeling of groping for a name you feel you should know very well in one of their songs, “What’s In A Name?”:

Like running underwater, stumbling in the darkness/

Fumbling from the bedroom to the bathroom in the night/

Like feeling for that mousetrap you placed behind the fridge/

Searching for those names only getting them half right.

This affliction is playing on my mind for two reasons at the moment.  First, I’ve had to move desks for the fifth time this year in my current job.  All the team surrounding me remain the same but there are always new people just over the cubicle wall.  A disturbing number of them already know my name so I’m spending a lot of time nodding and smiling but refusing to actually speak.  Second, this contract is almost over so I’ll be going somewhere new and starting the whole horrible process all over again.

Even the interview process sucks for me.  Five minutes after being told someone’s name in an interview I’ve forgotten it.  So I spend the whole interview trying to act friendly and personable while avoiding saying names in an attempt to avoid admitting I’ve already forgotten.  Then, straight after the stress of an interview, the agency always wants to know how it went.  That’s OK but they always end up asking “Who did you talk to?”  I don’t fucking know, some people.  You’re supposed to organise these things, don’t you know who I spoke to?

I’m sure I have a reputation as a total flake.  Even with people who don’t know about this blog.  I wish I had a drug habit I could blame it on.

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Lazy Sunday Blogging

Well, it’s Sunday and I don’t feel like writing anything epic, so I bring you a few news highlights from this week.  The single most common comment I get on these Angry News videos on YouTube is “I never heard about this, I’m glad you bring us these stories.”  I think it’s some strange combination of amusing and tragic that I’m the most trusted news source on YouTube.

This first story is about a guy who would have been a sure-fire Darwin Award winner if only he had died.

The URL for this video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZraROWZt5MY

This next story was inspired by the sort of headline you really don’t want to see too often: “Killer missing from mental hospital”:

The URL for this video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xA49BTvrw8

To round things off, this last video isn’t a news story.  It’s another of my Melbourne travelogues, this one has been quite popular on YouTube – it shows off a range of the graffiti art about town.

The URL for this video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpU-OFCFtrM

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