Monthly Archives: February 2007

Death by meetings

Have you seen that old movie “Zulu” that has Michael Caine in it?  He’s one of the British soldiers defending a fort at Rorke’s Drift from a force of Zulu warriors that outnumber the British about 50 to 1.  No matter how many Zulus they shoot another wave comes right behind them.

I don’t want to over-dramatise my work situation but that’s how it feels when I look at my weekly schedule.  No matter how many meetings I get through, there’s another wave of them coming right after.  I’m among the first to refuse to go to pointless meetings which makes these ones even more daunting.  Because of the stage our project has reached, I NEED the information that comes out of these meetings so I have to go to them.

This phase won’t last forever but the second bit that freaks me out a little is that I can feel my brain collapsing under information overload.  The nature of my role as Business Analyst means I’m expected to lead a lot of the discussion around deploying a company-wide piece of software and formulate all the design requirements.  Not much pressure there. 

So if my posts sound even more incoherent than usual (or they get shorter) this is the reason.  It looks like I’m going to actually have to work for a living for a while.

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I have a sore throat

The drive to work gave me a sore throat today.  This was the natural result of the horn on my car not working (I think the fuse is gone).  Add to that the fact that this morning was the worst drive to work in a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very long fucking time.  This resulted in a sore throat because the only way to express my frustration at the large number of fuckwits on the road was to scream at them.

And there were a shitload of fuckwits this morning.  They came in every stripe and colour.  It started simply with traffic being more congested than normal.  An annoying state of affairs but one I can normally cope with.  But then I had to cope with dickheads just springing out of side streets and swerving across multiple lanes of traffic every five minutes.

The nadir of this particular nightmare came at an intersection where I have actually witnessed a mildly serious accident (I even wrote a blog post about it).  I was waiting at the lights to turn right (convert this to a left turn if you drive on the right hand side of the road).  I got a green arrow to go so I started forward but then had to slam on the brakes because of the idiot who went through the red light on my left.

This fuckwit must have been sitting waiting for oncoming traffic so they could make their own right turn but then they sorta fell asleep.  So they’ve noticed their light has gone red AND THEN DECIDED TO GO THROUGH THE FUCKING INTERSECTION ANYWAY.  Everyone runs a red light occasionally but this idiot made their sin far worse by going from a standing start a full five seconds after their light went red, which made it several seconds after mine went green.

I’m actually pretty careful at light changes in case some dickhead runs a light but she didn’t decide to run the light until after I had actually started into the intersection.  I saw her.  She was stationary.  Then I started around the corner.  THEN she went right across the front of me.  She’s fucking lucky I didn’t decide to run into her purely in the name of Darwinism.  I would have t-boned her – straight into her door.  Her stupidity created a situation where the risk of injury to me was pretty low and the risk of serious injury to her was pretty fucking high.

I fucking hate having to protect people from their own fucking stupidity.  At least she seemed to realise (far too late) how fucking stupid she had been.  The look on her face as she sailed past (BECAUSE I FUCKING BRAKED!) was a mix of horror and deep embarrassment.  She clearly knew she was only in one piece because I wasn’t as fucking stupid as she was.  For this reason I resisted the urge to haul her out of her car and punch some sense into her.

Plus, that would be a really mental thing to do.

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Behind the scenes of “Ghost Rider”

For those of you who don’t know, the recent Nicolas Cage film “Ghost Rider” was mostly shot in and around Melbourne.  It’s a bit of fun watching the film and spotting places I know as well as spotting Australian actors in supporting roles pretending to be Americans.

I decided to shoot a video at one of the locations used in the film and expose a serious flaw in the film.  Also, I shoot some video from 47 floors up in the Eureka Tower.  People who are scared of heights might not like the bit where I fake jumping off the building.

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Digg this

I’ve decided to experiment with a “Digg this” button now that WordPress have made it easy to add a little widget. I’ve been toying with the idea of adding buttons for the various news/social bookmarking sites like Digg, Reddit, del.icio.us etc. but essentially I could never be bothered to add the code to the template. Plus, I’m not absolutely convinced this is an unequivocally good idea.

After all, I already have top shelf readers. While adding a “Digg” button might generate large amounts of traffic it isn’t necessarily high quality traffic. It’s always possible that the pool of fabulousness that exists here now would be intolerably diluted by an influx from Digg. By the way, this is a social experiment to see how susceptible you all are to flattery. Flattery always works on me so I thought it might get my readers too.

I’m not going to put the code for the button on every post, I’ll probably limit it to the technology related posts (ostensibly the main focus of Digg). When I do it, you’ll see an icon at the bottom of post that looks like this:

digg icon 
If you click on it, this boosts my ranking on Digg thus gaining more of the fame that my shallow soul craves so desperately. This only works if you are already registered and logged in to Digg.com so run off and do that now if you want to help make me fabulously famous.

Like I said, I’ll probably only be putting the code on technology related posts but if I happen to post something that you think should get more widespread attention then let me know. Considering the primary Digg audience, it would help if you think the post would be interesting to young geeky males.

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Art in an alley

This video is a bit of a visual treat and it was a bit of a laugh while I was shooting it as well.  I’ve shown a bit of street around Melbourne before but the stuff shown in this video is all shot in one alley that is often used as a gallery/exhibition space.

While I was shooting this a wedding party showed up and started shooting their photos and videos here.  I like the art but you can judge for yourself whether or not it would make a good backdrop for wedding photos.

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2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Extravaganza

I’m planning something pretty exciting over the coming weeks.  Well, it’s exciting for me anyway.  The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is coming up in about a month and my old college friend, Adrian Calear (who I’ve mentioned in blog posts before) is directing quite a few shows in this year’s festival.

The Melbourne Comedy Festival is probably one of the top three comedy festivals in the world (along with Edinburgh and Montreal) so this is a pretty big deal.  To broaden what I’m doing video-wise I’m going to be shooting some videos with Adrian and his performers.  They will be talking about their shows about comedy and being funny general and doing some performing.

I think some really good stuff is going to come out this, so stay tuned for plenty o’ laffs!

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Some exciting news

Well, exciting for me anyway. As I was driving home from work yesterday I actually heard myself on the radio! My favourite radio station used a grab from one of my videos to illustrate a story on their current affairs show. I called them to say (a) how awesome I thought this was and (b) were they going to explain the source of the clip.

In short, the person who answered the phone said she’d get one of their journalists to call me on Monday so they might actually do a story on me. Or maybe not. You can be sure I’ll keep you updated. Here’s a video I did on the subject while I was all excited:

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