Monthly Archives: November 2008

>Sigur Ros in London

>My one word review would have to be: wow.

The concert was stunning. Sigur Ros played at Alexandra Palace (a 135 year old palace with lovely views) last night and it was a great show. Their sound was perfect and they did a great job of staging it.

At one point they used a curtain of water in front of the band. I’m sure you’ve seen this sort of effect used somewhere – I hesitate to call it a waterfall – it looks like rain. But heavy rain. A curtain of heavy rain. But what was so cool is that they lit the band from behind so that their shadows were cast onto the curtain of rain. So lovely.

If you aren’t familiar with how Sigur Ros’ music sounds, you should check it out. They could have played in a a black room and it still would have been one of the best concerts I have ever attended. Their music is haunting and uplifting at the same time, like hearing people sing in church with their hands open to the sky.

Or like hearing a child sing at a funeral, but instead of making you sad the sound of it gives you hope.

Sigur Ros, London

My one word review would have to be: wow.

The concert was stunning. Sigur Ros played at Alexandra Palace (a 135 year old palace with lovely views) last night and it was a great show. They sound was perfect and they did a great job of staging it.

At one point they used a curtain of water in front of the band. I’m sure you’ve seen this sort of effect used somewhere – I hesitate to call it a waterfall – it looks like rain. But heavy rain. A curtain of heavy rain. But what was so cool is that they lit the band from behind so that their shadows were cast onto the curtain of rain. So lovely.

If you aren’t familiar with how Sigur Ros’ music sounds, you should check it out. They could have played in a a black room and it still would have been one of the best concerts I have ever attended. Their music is haunting and uplifting at the same time, like hearing people sing in church with their hands open to the sky.

Or like hearing a child sing at a funeral, but instead of making you sad the sound of it gives you hope.

>Thankful for the providence of the GeekGods

>You know what I don’t deal with very well? Passive-aggressive people. I don’t know if it is simply because I’m an aggressive-aggressive person, or just because they suck bum. But I don’t deal with it very well.

My task list at work has been dwindling. I think I’m going to get fired sooner or later, but if they are going to passive about it, I’m going to be passive about it. Or at least, semi-passive. I’ve been looking for another job on the semi-sly but I haven’t quit (yet). If they are happy to pay me and not have me contribute, I’ll continue to go into work and sit there miserably not contributing. I’m okay with letting them sponsor my job search financially. I figure they owe me for turning me into this. Not doing anything worthwhile has been killing me. Apparently I’m not as lazy as I would like to think I am. Who knew?

One task I still have involves industry-related news. Whenever publications come in, I read them, scan the relevant articles and then email them out to the company with a brief summary. I actually don’t mind doing this – I know more about the industry we are in now than I ever did. The only downside to this chore is that less than 14.3% (an estimate) of people at our company bother to read the damned things. I know this because one week I put a “coupon” for a free coffee in amongst the articles to see who would find it. In just over three weeks, only three people came forward. Yowza. I send those things out to 25+ people.

But that isn’t my beef right now. I work with one particular guy who has never been a favourite of mine. He’s the passive-aggressive guy. And today it took everything I had not to snark his ass.

I sent out the last batch of articles Monday. Remember, they are about the industry we are in… and this P/A guy emails replies all with, “Is there any way we can search online for market specific info. Be great to know what’s happening in Belgium market before my trip tomorrow!”

Dick! I’m bloody sure it would be helpful, but I’m not your bitch. If you have a client meeting… how the sweaty hell do you NOT KNOW what is happening in the market already?!?

I was baffled. I was overcome with hatred. I was severely tempted to reply to all with “Try http://www.google.com. Ass.” I resisted.

Later that morning I was cruising through my Google Reader gems (some of them are at least semi-work related. Some times.) when I came across http://www.letmegooglethatforyou.com. The timing on this could not have been perfect! You really ought to give this a try next time someone asks you to look something up for them. You go to the site and type in what you are looking for. It creates a URL. For example, if I typed in “Belgium markets” I would get http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=belgium+markets which I could then send to the dillhole who is too stupid to Google their own shite. The result is a highly snarky and VERY satisfying animation of a mouse clicking into a Google search box, the automatic typing of (in this example) “Belgium markets” and then, as the mouse moves to the search button, it says “Was that so hard?” before redirecting to a Google search results page.

Although I think I’m going to get fired sooner or later anyway, I also resisted the urge to send P/A guy this link. But I still give thanks to the GeekGods that be for the joy this website brought to me today. Nothing like laughing your pants off to get over being angry at a retarded coworker. Sweet!

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Into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Original Comments:

Holly wrote (on 21/11/08):
Are you talking about winter in Vancouver?

Thankful for the providence of the GeekGods

You know what I don’t deal with very well? Passive-aggressive people. I don’t know if it is simply because I’m an aggressive-aggressive person, or just because they suck bum. But I don’t deal with it very well.

My task list at work has been dwindling. I think I’m going to get fired sooner or later, but if they are going to passive about it, I’m going to be passive about it. Or at least, semi-passive. I’ve been looking for another job on the semi-sly but I haven’t quit (yet). If they are happy to pay me and not have me contribute, I’ll continue to go into work and sit there miserably not contributing. I’m okay with letting them sponsor my job search financially. I figure they owe me for turning me into this. Not doing anything worthwhile has been killing me. Apparently I’m not as lazy as I would like to think I am. Who knew?

One task I still have involves industry-related news. Whenever publications come in, I read them, scan the relevant articles and then email them out to the company with a brief summary. I actually don’t mind doing this – I know more about the industry we are in now than I ever did. The only downside to this chore is that less than 14.3% (an estimate) of people at our company bother to read the damned things. I know this because one week I put a "coupon" for a free coffee in amongst the articles to see who would find it. In just over three weeks, only three people came forward. Yowza. I send those things out to 25+ people.

But that isn’t my beef right now. I work with one particular guy who has never been a favourite of mine. He’s the passive-aggressive guy. And today it took everything I had not to snark his ass.

I sent out the last batch of articles Monday. Remember, they are about the industry we are in… and this P/A guy emails replies all with, "Is there any way we can search online for market specific info. Be great to know what’s happening in Belgium market before my trip tomorrow!"

Dick! I’m bloody sure it would be helpful, but I’m not your bitch. If you have a client meeting… how the sweaty hell do you NOT KNOW what is happening in the market already?!?

I was baffled. I was overcome with hatred. I was severely tempted to reply to all with "Try http://www.google.com. Ass."  I resisted.

Later that morning I was cruising through my Google Reader gems (some of them are at least semi-work related. Some times.) when I came across http://www.letmegooglethatforyou.com.  The timing on this could not have been perfect! You really ought to give this a try next time someone asks you to look something up for them.  You go to the site and type in what you are looking for. It creates a URL.  For example, if I typed in "Belgium markets" I would get http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=belgium+markets which I could then send to the dillhole who is too stupid to Google their own shite. The result is a highly snarky and VERY satisfying animation of a mouse clicking into a Google search box, the automatic typing of (in this example) "Belgium markets" and then, as the mouse moves to the search button, it says "Was that so hard?" before redirecting to a Google search results page.

Although I think I’m going to get fired sooner or later anyway, I also resisted the urge to send P/A guy this link. But I still give thanks to the GeekGods that be for the joy this website brought to me today. Nothing like laughing your pants off to get over being angry at a retarded coworker. Sweet!

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Into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary."

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

>Java jerk

>This morning I stopped in Starbucks on my way to work. I was actually out the door early, and as I’m still waiting for some direction at work from my fearless leaders, I have no reason to be at work early these days. So I went to Starbucks for some coffee and a muffin. I got to the door just ahead of an older guy, so I went through but held the door open for him. As he walked through, he thanked me… but then he proceeded to walk straight up to the barrista and place his order! I hold the door open for this old fart and he cuts the line in front of me!

I didn’t say anything (couldn’t be bothered – I wasn’t fully awake to have at it this morning), but I sure felt like it. Am I overreacting or would anyone else find this extremely rude?

Java Jerk

This morning I stopped in Starbucks on my way to work. I was actually out the door early, and as I’m still waiting for some direction at work from my fearless leaders, I have no reason to be at work early these days. So I went to Starbucks for some coffee and a muffin. I got to the door just ahead of an older guy, so I went through but held the door open for him. As he walked through, he thanked me… but then he proceeded to walk straight up to the barrista and place his order! I hold the door open for this old fart and he cuts the line in front of me!

I didn’t say anything (couldn’t be bothered – I wasn’t fully awake to have at it this morning), but I sure felt like it. Am I overreacting or would anyone else find this extremely rude?

>Mental Flossing

>Just so you guys know, I have to alter these questions a little so they make sense. Most normal people aren’t using these as triggers for blog writing, they are answering them in the comments of the site I pinch them from.

1. What was your favorite children’s book as a kid? Any really great books or authors most people haven’t discovered?

The books I remember the most are the classics that my moms bought for me and my brother… amongst them were Heidi, Seven Cousins, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Beautiful Joe, Black Beauty, Tom Sawyer and a couple of others. I read all of Ronald Dahl, Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. When I was really young I liked “The Monster at the End of this Book” (it has Grover in it and it is very, very funny). “A Wrinkle in Time” is a fantastic children’s book that I think more people should read, and as an adult one of my favourite books is “The Little Prince”. Oh, I also like the Harry Potter books, but I suppose I really shouldn’t admit to that…

2. Do you have any random questions you’d like to see answered?

Do ducks’ feet get cold when they are swimming in a pond in the winter? If not, why not? And if so, how the freak can they stand it?

3. What’s the farthest you ever walked?

I’m assuming this means in one go. I don’t know. There have been a few times where I’ve walked for hours and hours through cities just touring around.

4. Do you have any favorite sites to find great stories?

Not particularly. I use Google Reader to catch up on all sorts of stories though. I find blogs that catch my eye and keep up with them.

5. What not-yet-released movie are you most excited about?

I’m so behind on movies that I don’t even know what’s coming up. I should probably get myself a TV. I never know what is going on anymore.

>No more blog?

>Once again, here I am about to apologise for not blogging. Sigh. It does seem to be something that I fall into and out of again. Which is not cool. But I do want to reassure everyone who reads my blog (I think mainly at this point this is now an open letter to Careybatgirl… does anyone else read this anymore? Or have I just been whining too much?) that I will continue to write it. Here and there. Maybe more than before. It is back on the priority list.

So what happened? For a little while there I was SO GOOD! I was even writing every day. Well, work happened. Work has been pooping all over the rest of my life for the last few months and it is impeding my ability to do… anything. Or that’s what I’m going with.

So, yah. Work. Depressing. Not cool. And I didn’t want to moan about it all the time. Because that is also NOT COOL. So that’s my first excuse. It’s a good ‘un.

Second problem: Twitter. The Curse of the Micro-Blog! Although I also don’t update there very often either… even though I can do so right from my freaking phone. Maybe this is a poor excuse.

Third: I always WAS a lazy bastard. Moving to England didn’t change that. Seriously.

I have been writing down some blog ideas though, and I’m going to try to keep doing that. Because I would like to be writing more, even if it is just the crap that I put into my blog every once in a while. I’m hoping that by blogging, I’ll keep the crap from piling up (so to speak). Might help me sleep at night if I’m not lying awake thinking about stupid stuff like whether or not ducks’ feet get cold in the winter and stuff. I also should try to tie my Twitter posts to my blog – sometimes I just write absolute nonsense (like when I was waiting in line at the post office – that reminds me, I need envelopes – and there was a guy in there with a hearing dog and the dog was stinky) but other times I think it could be a jump-off point for a longer blog post. Or something.

So far I have eight things to write about on my list. And I’m thinking there could be a lot more. So I’m going to try writing more often again. Let’s see how long I can keep it up this time.