A Life In Pictures

Having now had the chance to take a few snaps I thought I’d sort myself with some sort of photoshare thang. Dave, Rob and Greg put me onto Flickr which seems quite adequate for my purposes. I now have an account here which you can visit if you feel so inclined. Rah!


Yes, But What About Work…?

I’m tempted to say, ‘What About It…?’ It’s not like I’m even close to being bored. Being out of work has given me a chance to get on with a host of things I’ve been saving up to do for ages (almost like prematurely executing some form of retirement plans); it’s being in a job that’ll lower my spirits. How did that Smiths song go; “I was looking for a job and then I found a job and heaven knows I’m miserable now”? But then, that isn’t the attitude to take and I don’t want to be a burden on the folks so I’m going to have to find something very soon. And it’s going to be something awful, I just know it.

Whilst a lot of my skills are transferable and I can rewrite my CV so that it’s a bit more generic and it draws upon my wider experience, it still doesn’t look good to have been out of work as long as I have and given that I’ve absolutely no interest in working hard so that someone else can benefit from it I’m gong to have to make sure I move around a lot and keep myself from getting bored. And that means it’s back to temping. So with a heavy heart I took myself back to “Backup” last week. The place hasn’t changed since I was last there in 2002. It’s still depressing as hell (as Salinger might have said) and the same dispiriting wave of apathy still exudes from the staff whose practised grins still manage to make their faces look as if someone forced a coat-hanger into their mouths,  “And what sort of work are you looking for?” I don’t care. “And would you consider doing any industrial or catering work to tide you over?” I’d rather kill myself. Scratch that, I’d rather kill you, you insincere, vapid bint.

But again, this is not the attitude to take.  I’m currently waiting on some sort of monkey test that will determine my WPM typing and my initiative and grammar and spelling etc. Hopefully this won’t be as painful as I’m fearing and I’ll make a real effort not to whinge and moan on here. (Too late?). I might even have a job next time I post something. The real trick will be not allowing this to interfere with my Strategy For World Domination (henceforth to be known as SFWD).

Labour of Love

Since last posting and thanks to a little help from my friends I’ve been pointed in the direction of a solution to my problem about getting the contents of a few of my DVD’s onto my computer. So, this week I have been mostly putting music videos onto iTunes. Whilst this is immensely satisfying and straightforward it is also ridiculously time consuming and fiddly as hell. Anyway I’ve managed about 10 discs’ worth of stuff so far and now have about 80 music vids and shorts stored away as compressed mp4’s. Anyone who knows me knows that I love music vids. A lot of my collection has been sitting here in storage whilst I’ve been living away from home and it’s been great re-watching a lot of my favourites including Chris Cunningham’s Aphex Twin promos, Michel Gondry’s Bjork vids and Spike Jonze’s bizarre creations including the Fatboy Slim “Weapon Of Choice” promo with a superbly choreographed Christopher Walken (anyone who’s ever seen Walken dancing in the video for Madonna’s “Bad Girl” will know what an achievement his strutting in the Fatboy Slim video must have been).

There’s still a lot more that I want to put onto the computer and the next project will be to transfer a few old family movies from various different VHS cassettes onto the computer and then re-edit it all. At this time I’ll also have a good look at some of my old group projects from uni. This should help me learn a whole lot more about the actual editing process for myself as although I was very active and involved in everything we filmed on my course, I somehow never really got a look in on the actual editing which was very frustrating at the time (especially as you tend to work with the edit in your head as you film). I can’t wait to get on with it!

Take Two

So my Panasonic NV-GS300 arrived yesterday. Superior to the 280 I exchanged it for in that you can record from external digital sources. I still can’t get VHS and DVD onto it because I know not how. If there were some means of converting the analogue signal from VHS into a digital one or a digital cable you could plug into my computer from my DVD player then I’d be well away but I think the problem of people abusing this in order to pirate movies is obviously too great and so I can’t enjoy the music vids I’ve got on DVD in the same way I can with my music on iTunes. I can buy the videos again from iTunes but I can’t seem to put the ones I already own onto my hard drive. Most vexing.
I can however, now go out and film stuff onto DV and I can take snaps and transfer everything onto the computer so the whole thing hasn’t been a waste of time or money by any means.  Just need something film now. And to get my head around how Final Cut Pro works. That should take up the next few years!

Doctor Eccleston I Presume…?

I always feel very out of my depth when discussing all things Gallifrey. I’ve met people with ridiculous amounts of knowledge on the topic, but I should be alright here because it’s just my opinion and I do enjoy comprehensive information on that subject. BBC 3 has been re-running the adventures of the ninth doctor this week. I’d missed most of them when they were first shown. I couldn’t help but be struck how po-faced a lot of it was. I really like Christopher Eccleston in almost everything I’ve ever seen him in, from Shallow Grave to Our Friends In The North; from eXistenZ to Elizabeth, but he’s no Doctor Who, is he? There is no real charisma, certainly not much (successful) wit and disappointingly a real lack of the refusal to take anything seriously that made you feel so comfortable with the other time lords (which oddly seems to make everything less scary here). Maybe it didn’t help that BBC 4 showed Jon Pertwee‘s scrape with The Green Death the week before which was fantastic stuff about radioactive, mutated maggots in a Welsh mine and a sinister chemical-peddling corporation controlled by a camp super-computer. I just didn’t get the same sense of fun in this recent series. Maybe David Tennant will be more fun but if his adventures are as disappointing as the Christmas Special then I won’t hold my breath.