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The weekend seems so near, and yet so far.
I'm in a pretty good mood today, I really shouldn't be: makes it even better!
You were in my dream last night! But I don't remember the context.
I wrote a Shakespearean sonnet last night. I feel quite emo in retrospect.
You're quite good, huh?!
(I'm referring to the sonnet- not my dream)
make me feel better, probably.
lovely, lovely stuff.
oh fuck, yeah it's awesome. I am very jealous. I'm shit at poetry and any kind of regular meter gives me AIDS if I try it.
It's really good, loving the final couplet :)
i've linked to it, and pushed the site as a whole, on me fb. Well done.
please leave a comment underneath it on the site if you would. Merci.
Can't leave a comment...
I blame the government.
Just how smug are you feeling right now? Out of 10?
I'm throwing myself into proper work.
Everyone is so friendly and open-minded!
It makes me warm and fuzzy just thinking about it.
I reckon today's gonna be pretty good.
Minor DiSappointment when I saw an advert for Tron Legacy though. I'm not overly fussed about it, but I thought that it was offerring free first come first served preview Imax showings with 20 mins of extra content. 'Nice', I thought. Then I realised it was free tickets to a 20 minute trailer. 'Meh', I thought.
I'm not sure I've even seen the original. Is this all just generation-specific nostalgia, or was it actually good?
I was totally mesmerised, so I'd suspect that it's nostalgia.
I keep meaning to get hold of the 20th anniversary edition from a few years ago, so I can watch it again.
Never seen the oringinal and don't really know anything about it. But I'm a sucker for Teh ShinyPretty Conceptual Grfx.
Nothing else is remotely important.
Mexican has my seal of approval, Geoff.
Good ol' Chintzy.
But yes meat, cheese, peppers, sour cream, bread, meat, cheese. If there's a better combination of basic foodstuff then I've never eaten it.
I love a bit of Mexican. There aren't enough good Mexican restaurants in London. Sort it out? Thanks.
...but it'd be funny seeing him try.
go to town
buy new hoodie for running
buy word magazine
call word magazine and pitch article...cry down phone so they know i mean it
watch mad men and apprentice
finish writing up interview
go to pub
have one or two of something
write a poem so i can be like hip young gunslinger. outline short film.
go see my friend at his house
genuinely the thing i'm most excited about today. and mad men, obvs
Looking forward to it though. I chose to watch the Apprentice: You're Fired thing, but even with nightmare candidates, it's still so underwhelming. "Hey, so you're a nicer person than you were made out to be?" "Yep." "Well, that's good." "Yeah."
Seriously, do you not get too hot? The most I've ever worn is three t-shirts in when it was -7c earlier in the year.
a get-fit-movie-montage if you're wearing a hoodie.
Same goes for listening to eye of the tiger on your mp3 player.
i don't want to look like a faux-pro with light garments or lycra and shit...and a light-grey no-zip hoodie just makes me feel like an american working class hero like rocky or springsteen when i run...which is ALWAYS how you should feel when pushing the burn
and i dunno...i went out for a jog the other night when it was really cold, and my shorts, wooly hat, hoodie combo seemed just about right.
She has been withholding information from me all year. It's the same information but I've been stonewalled. Unfortunately, she works in France but I've worked a way around that. I am going to send her the same request every single day, like Tim Robbins did in that film, and hopefully break her will.
Am I being a dick?
I'd also make sure you CC in a manager or other punter (depends on what your job is, etc), just so someone else is aware you're being fucked around.
Her payroll dept have been withholding ~£4k of backpayments for 10 months.
(she thinks 2-4 weeks between getting back to their insta-'we'll get back to you soon' broken promise replys is the way forward. i say badger-until-they-capitulate is the better tactic.)
FFS! I'd phone twice a week minimum until it was sorted out. And keep a log of all phonecalls and who I spoke to.
Just in case I had to take the matter to court. 4K is a lot of money.
It'd pay off her credit card. So on that basis alone, it's costing her, what?, ~£40pm just in interest costs. Believe me, It's quite the subject in our household whenever it crops up.
At least there's a chain of email correspondence to document it all. Best part is this: her employer is a popular and massive governmental public service going by an acronym that uses the following three letters: S, H, and N (though not necessarily in that order).
Maybe this is what they mean by efficiency savings? Hold back wages from people who are too soft to fight their cause fully cos they're dealing with more pressing public health matters that are being created due to cuts and re-shuffles across the board.
I was thinking about lost interest costs.
But I'm a bit of a shitstirrer, even though i see it as a reasonable thing to raise, doesn't mean it should be.
It's probably best not raised by your missus, if she's not into having a scrap with her payroll dept.
I would ask her to raise an official internal complaint though, and most of the private sector have IDR's (internal Dispute Resolution) procedures that she might be able to use.
Other than that, I'd recommend giving the CAB a phone and see where she stands.
The interest incurred from debts not paid off due to not having the cash isn't something I see as a thing to throw into the convo with the employer. It's just something I remind her of to try and motivate her to get fired up about it.
I'd have started arbitration proceedings (or at least threatened to) by now. But she's FAR too soft/zen about it.
Although to be fair, as I said, there are other professional and public health provision reasons for not rocking the boat with her bosses any more than is absolutely necessary. Best not to cut your nose off to spite your face and all that. Still... they are DEFINITELY taking the absolute piss.
Interest gained from it being in theirs.
But it's a tricky thing if you still want to continue working with them. I'd still advise the 'phoning a couple of times a week' approach, maybe ask for a timescale for resolution and an explanation on why it's taken so long to sort out.
That's fairly diplomatic and quite reasonable. =)
Hope it gets sorted out.
sleep and relaxation is most definitely needed. I stayed up a little too late last night and did not want to crawl out of bed this morning. I'm sure I'll end up doing the same tonight even though I know I should be sleeping at 9pm :(
It's not helping, my eyes still look like 'pissholes'
Therefore I think I will give up trying to be good.
Aside from a try-hard first ten minutes and final scene, I really enjoyed it. The central relationship (between Stephen Dorff and his daughter) was wonderfully natural and genuinely lovely.
Tonight it’s Warpaint at the Scala. *faps*
I'm glad it has a thumbs up.
...whilst she is a competent filmmaker, she doesn't appear to have the chops to compete at the highest level I reckon. Lost in Translation was a wonderful film it has to be said but, it's easy to make a whimsical biographical piece when you've got that much money and support behind you...
Hopefully this film is a step in the right direction.
On first viewing, I liked how underwhelmed it made me feel – the light touch was a quite refreshing, but on second viewing, Scarlett Johansson’s character wound me up so much. It suggests that Sophia Coppola spends an awful lot of time thinking that she is much more significant than everyone else in the world.
I’m a big fan of the Virgin Suicides though.
‘Somewhere’ suggests that Coppola has the promise to be a terrific director of naturalistic pieces – if she can reign in her desire to do something self-consciously ‘deep’ with the direction. The film worked better when she let the story and characters speak for themselves, rather than when she tried to force the point by being deliberately obtuse.
I read the book this year and thought it was incredible.
I'm a big fan of Lost in Translation. Didn't like Marie Antoinette though.
I liked the book too much and worry that the film will ruin it.
Risk it for a biscuit?
Agreed, the book is excellent. If you’ve not read Middlesex, I’d highly recommend that too – I think it’s even better.
The film’s not really like the book though. It’s more like a dreamy music video. If you’re precious about the text then it’s pretty much gutted in favour of the visuals – think an advert for summer meadow scented fabric conditioner.
As with all adaptations, don’t treat it as an adaptation, treat it as a stand alone film.
And thanks for the recommendation! Sold.
I thought Lost in Translation was great because of her magnificent use of location and because of the way it dealt with the concept of being 'feeling trapped in one's own life'. But yes I didn't like the whole "poor little rich girl" aspects which are undoubtedly laced throughout the film. It is a deeply self-important work but one which does back a genuine emotional punch all the same. Apart from that terrible ending.
The Virgin Suicides for me was just Coppola making an interesting script thoroughly uninteresting. Kind of like Glenn Roeder's handling of West Ham in the early 2000's. What's that? You've got an amazing squad full of future England players and you're STILL fucking rubbish? Kinda like that.
Totally agree with your third paragraph. Coppola has that wanky art student need to make everything really really deep maaaan, which rankles me greatly. Rein that in - she's got the chops.
That's all I need to know.
...it is done like a dreamy music video.
Personally I thought the idea of directing what should've been one of the most haunting and moving films of the '90s as distant and vague 'mood' piece was a cinematic blunder of Godfather III proportions but each to their own. It was her debut so she needs to be let off to a certain extent...
They really should've got Michael Haneke to direct it. Opportunity: missed.
I tend to agree with Christopher Doyle on this one (or I would, if I could find the link to the column in which he laid into it).
I get the idea of 'feeling trapped in one's own life,' but I actually think that Dorff’s character in Somewhere is a much better portrayal of this – he’s genuinely very good.
As for the Virgin Suicides, see my post above. I think it’s able to stand on its own two feet, and I like the way that it doesn’t stick slavishly to the source material or script.
I really liked it. Although thinking about it - the reasons why it was in Japan do seem quite tenuous and unexplained... Still, I liked it. Although once you've seen Chungking Express's use of location (which is in a similar vein) then Lost in Translation all of a sudden looks like Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. (i.e. bludgeoningly unsubtle).
Cool - I shall watch Somewhere with that in mind.
Yeah I didn't like Virgin Suicides at all. And I've never read the book or anything either so I'm not comparing it! I just remember coming out of it thinking that she's missed a massive, massive target.
...James Woods is fucking brilliant in it. One of the finest performances of the decade for sure.
when they're playing records down the phone.
aside from that, pretty forgettable for me.
thursday is looking alright, I will be: 1) sorting out a fool proof way of reimaging several pcs without causing large amounts of disruption or having to reinstall a bunch of specialist software 2)Listening to the 'The Fool' on spotify 3) going to jiujitsu
but not for my coworkers when I keep playing air piano. Metal guy opposite me just said "stop listening to faggot music, faggot faggot." That's pretty brilliant, right?
Anyway - it's a day going pretty well so far, so fingers crossed!
You should play some Hidden Cameras for him, 'Ban Marriage' or 'Boys of Summer'. Proper faggoty faggot faggot music.
Then when he gives you the \m/ explain to him how he likes 'faggot music'.
so you get your meathead metallers, indie kids, production nerds and jazz hippies.
eclectic mix, but fun.
why are those SE ribbon mics so heavily discounted? Do they fall apart like the other SE mics?
Last week I shaved my beard off for an interview for a job I didn't get.
Now I'm both beardless and jobless. Harsh times for colossalhorse. Harsh times indeed.
You have the pleasure of cultivating a new beard. And then, finding an even better job!
I'll have to keep it short whilst I'm job hunting anyways. It's gonna be a cold winter for my chin. Maybe I'll invest in a scarf. I never saw myself as a scarf kinda guy but I should use this tumultuous period to reinvent myself a little. CRISATUNITY!
Had a haircut too. Wore new suit trousers too. Booked the afternoon off to 'go and help work on a Christmas market as a favour'.
Everything's colder without head and face hair.
Women are swooning all over the office. It's embarrassing.
"And I dare say quite a few stomachs."
I need to do somthing constructive with it. yesterday the best i managed was priting and framing some pictures. I NEED A LIST! I love lists. Post it notes changed my life. I actually need to find my old list to make a new one from the failings of the old though...YES LIST!
Every morning in work I write a little list. I used to do it on my whiteboard but i've been a bit slack lately...You know what i'm going to do this morning....Write a list on my whiteboard EEEKK!
You've 6.5h hours left to submit...
I'm going to do some more later when I have a bit of time....jut so busy in work! drat! I have a bit done. Its probably going ot be a bit shit and not a patchon hyg but its practice!
ok heres todays list!
-install adobe acrobat so u can print pdf reciepts before u forget
- submit invoice and check payment
- listen and review last mixes
- work on collages
- sort bed for guests tommorrow
- HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS!
- Swim :)
mine is all work related.
My personal list will be
- Sort out halloween costume
- bake halloween cupcakes
I have some comments to make about last night's episode.
I am now disproportionately tired as I went to bed only about an hour later than usual.
I am hoping I can watch The Apprentice on catch-up tonight.
now we're cooking.
best thing is, it's right opposite the cinema where that lass works.
so....moving on, etc.
nah, i'm flogging that shit to death now. no more self-deprecating hahas regarding my silly love life from here on. draw a line under that business i think.
JOB...NEW JOGGING HOODIE.....HERE WE GO, NOW WE'RE TALKING...LET'S GET GOING NOW...*PULLS INVISIBLE CORD ABOVE HEAD*....WHOOO...WHOOOO.....WHOOOO....WHOOOOO. WHHOOOOOOOOOO
(p.s. don't tell brightonb)
I had a Christmas job at a Virgin Megastore once, it was equal parts nightmare and fun camaraderie. Plus you could dress all casual and comfy.
i might do that, fall in love with any pretty girl that buys a film wot i like, thing though.
''....so she was just standing there, waiting to be served by me...copy of 'the divine secrets of the yaya sisterhood' in her beautiful hands...and i....i knew i'd found the one.''
but it was pretty good, drinking every night, hungover every morning. Simpler times. You also play the fun game when its busy and theres a single queue where you speed up or slow down who you're serving so you get to serve the pretty girl in line. Had some good fun with that.
I can imagine it to be a good conversation starter "You like this film? You should try this one."
every time a boy shop assistant is nice to me, heaven forbid they're just good at their job
they are genuinely chatting you up.
Even the old ones.
It passes the time.
Yay for shop workers!
Reading up on a company I have an interview with tomorrow. Over the last 16 or so hours, I've been offered FOUR interviews. If only I wasn't such a shitcunt on first meeting I'd be drowning in job offers.
8 first interviews
4 second interviews.
So 12 interviews for 8 jobs. Haven't got any of them. GOOD TIMES.
Let me try and figure it out ... I think it's about 10 interviews (although that includes ones I've got but have't had yet) with three second interviews ... I think it's got to the point where I've been bothering recruiters and HR departments for so long that they're just giving in.
in my interview yesturday, i revealed that i currently sleep in my dad's dressing gown within the first two minutes of meeting the manager.
if i can get away with that curveball, you should be tops.
I just ordered one. Eek.
- Ordered a new phone
- Arranged when I'm going to the walter potter exhibition with someone!
- Ate a galaxy caramel cake bar
to look after for the weekend.
This makes still not getting paid much better.
I've been off work poorly today, I wish the cat had been here all day. Now I have to go to work tomorrow and leave her with my hosuemate AND I'LL BE JEALOUS.