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Should just quit now, yeah? (Job and forum)
i dont think being happily employed and having a bit of downtime on here are mutually exclusive. are you coping with your work load? if not, dont come here for a bit
This is somewhere in the middle, office dronery but for a good cause.
Suppose I'll enjoy the downtime while it lasts.
I want a jacket
recently i've started wearing a hoodie with a denim jacket over and i'm pleased with how that's going, even if "that look is pretty played out at this point". i do think that a jacket is one of the few things that's good to buy second hand though, if that offers any assistance
it's for when it's raining. I'm worried I might have to go full theo.
I highly recommend it
there are loads of other options that don't make you look like you have a series link set up for countryfile
no beef here though i just couldn't ever imagine talking that leap into the great technical beyond
I'm not sure what the difference is
negates the need for waterproof trousers also
thank you for the advice alcxxk
let me know if you have any messages for him
a bed (king) - frame and mattress (not memory foam thank you very much)
a four seater sofa
a two seater sofa bed (fabric for both sofas)
a fridge freezer (american style preferred)
a range (at least five burners and a couple of ovens)
budget of about 1k each but probably looking to be more like 4.5k in total if you catch my drift.
Please select the leader in each category.
by which i mean spend however much it costs on a Which? subscription. over £4.5k of purchases it will be great value.
From a qualitative perspective.
He says he doesn't.
He's very grateful.
worried i'm gonna be really shite at my new job and keep thinking they're gonna sack me before i even start it.
worried i'm gonna get homesick and miss my family.
worried i've been lied to by several members of EE call centre staff about the cost of using my phone in the EU.
don't know what to do with my life longer term (initial contract for 6 months). have a final interview next month for this http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2014/sep/01/civil-service-fast-stream-how-to-join-graduate-careers but im kinda dreading asking for time off so soon...
Duolingo is great for getting started with languages - set yourself some targets for using it a certain amount of time per week and stick to them. then when it's starting to feel less useful seek either intermediate night classes or a french speaker to practice with. Please note that I speak rudimentary french after 9 years of lessons at school and am not an authority on this.
Do you have a contract for your new job? Do you have reason to believe that they're bad people who will abuse your trust? If yes and no, then I'd hope you can rationalise yourself out of this pattern of thinking, but appreciate that you might not. If you need further help a CBT app could help, but I cant make any promises obviously.
Similarly with the homesickness I feel like this sort of worry could be self actualising. Try not to think about it, for whatever taht's worth. Maybe think about why you want the job and hopefully there are elements that counterbalance the threat of homesickness - are you looking forward to the excitement of being out of the country again? if so you can rationalise that that cant be done without lacking your family for a while, and you can maybe appreciate that on its own.
if you're going to be abroad for a while, get a new sim card for the territory. also you shouldnt have to rely on verbal information in these cases - rates should be available online, if anyone would like to google these?
For long term, I don't know, but you dont really always need a plan, logically speaking, and you seem to have a decent safety net in your family (sorry to be presumptuous - obviously i barely know you). im thinking of applying for cs fast track myself but i havent a hope in hell really. that said, an acquaintance of mine who used to work the same place as me got fired from a fairly menial customer service job for lying and is now on the cs fast track himself, working in Kabul, so who knows.
obviously all this advice comes with caveats of me being QUITE the loser, so its barely worth thinking about
re the phone contract thing, yeah i've requested it in writing but the contract hasnt arrrived yet. just seems too good to be true - unlimited calls and texts and 4gb of data anywhere in the EU for £25 a month (includes free phone). just cause im moving in a week and wont have time to deal with the cancellation if its all bullshit.
was just worried cause i hadnt had any communication since before christmas (when i turned up to a fancy meal with the worst hangover/still a bit drunk).
You'll pick it up after 3 months. I think is really worth doing boring grammar excersises too. It really helped me with confidence and helping everything 'click' when you're speaking. I used a really good book (think it was this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-French-Grammar-Workbook-Workbooks/dp/0415331633) that I can look out for you if you like. Wordreference is really good too actually, for looking stuff up. There's usually a forum discussion about each entry which helps if you're struggling using a word or whatever
how do i get around this?
I've recently been to Sports Direct *and* Decathlon to no avail (I just basically want some LADIES SHORTS, for walking about and that, nothing "fashion", something like this: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/fiz-khaki-bermuda-shorts-id_8304036.html... not for sports or anything, and there are ladies shorts on BOTH those websites but not in store which aren't sporty). Ideally I need to try them on, so nothing online only please.
bet there are none at my local shop
How badly do you want the shorts, nikkles?
like a millets or something. Will probably have loads of pockets for things as well
or pick something up on holiday
(wrong time of year I guess?)
i dislike the seasonality of shops. i know why theyre seasonal, but i dislike it. buy some trousers and cut them off then
kind of need another though
never say something about yourself that you wouldnt say about a friend (a friend who was identical to you)
meditation ( going to start doing this)
coping with a person i find irritating but who is unavoidable
But do it humming with your eyes closed.
if you start off by investigating "mindfulness" rather than meditation as such, you can bypass a lot of the more "wacky" stuff, if that#s a barrier. essentially just get into a place with few distractions, get comfy without lying down and concentrate on your breathing. you can have the mantra "ee-ying" if you like, cos that doesnt sound like anything and repeating it in you head is good for pushing out other thoughts unaggressively. if your mind wanders dont get annoyed, acknowledge the wandering and let it go, get back to ee-ying or whatever. force yourself to do 15 minutes at first, and when that feels ok do wot u want.
when people annoy you, just pretend that whatever they're doing is actually what you want them to you. take joy in it. if theyre clearly trying to aggravate you you need to confront them, but if its just how they are dont try and change them.
i'm looking forward to the levitating bit the most
well, the first free 10 sessions are. Can't be arsed subscribing. By the time I'm finished with them I should be pretty zen anyways.
i have enjoyed engaging with you all
just been asked to pick up something HEALTHY fro dinner - what shall i pik up!
caveat - i am a bit ill and don't really want to cook, gf is proper ill so won't want to cook either!
could do worse than an m&s "fuller longer" ready meal
I've never gone on holiday alone before. I think it would be weird but I'm told I should do it because it's great and I'll love it. Whatever. Anyway, if I was to travel somewhere on my own, what's a good choice of European city to use as a test case? I can't speak much of anything but English and I don't want to die.
but I went on holiday on my own to Copenhagen, and that was good. Stayed at a hostel to force myself to chat to some people or whatever, and that worked out alright.
Also Rome, Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp and Nuremberg, but Copenhagen was the most recent. That little mermaid thing is almost as underwhelming as the wazzing boy in Brussels.
Have you tried Derby?
(I don't love Derby)
From the lads?
going on holiday on your own is bloody marvellous. amsterdam is a beautiful city and very english-speaking friendly, as is brussels. berlin's also obviously great and still pretty english speaking friendly but i'd say not as much as the others mentioned.
or if you want to save some money, im sure glasgow DiSers could suggest an itinerary for a couple of day's worth of good stuff. or dublin for that matter.
Glasgow and Dublin are both great shouts and I reckon it's been long enough since I last went to Amsterdam.
I've been asked to find a big annual wall planner, preferably a wipe clean one that you can use marker pens on. Can you assist?
fuck off down to rymans and call it a day
Many thanks alcxxk
I think i've broken my nose but can't be arsed going to the doctors.
It's still hurting 5 days after hurting it, shooting pain if i press on it but i have no black eyes. Can you help please?
that said i've broken my nose before and didnt really do anything and now i have a cool bump in it.
To know how to use one of those loop pedals playing live?
less easy if you use a cheap single pedal one. depends if you think of music in loop terms already, which, as a bassist, you probably do
my bad. well if you're a riffing guitarist you probably think in loops, and if you're a classical guitarist you might not as much
oh there's more than one line. I don't know
literally one button is record and loop and the other is delete, but getting the loop right takes some getting used to and it's easy to cock it up if you're a bit pished and then you look like a big wally.
what will i do with my life
should probably start a film blog if you dont have one
yeah i write for lots of things
but I will log your entry in the book I'm writing
"Favourite Dinosaurs & Why"
and that i mispelled it, and that the proper spelling doesnt work with my reasoning
was more of a direct question than a request for advice anyway.
as a fellow music video maker, i wondered if you could offer some advice on motivation. see, i've been working on something for far too long and i;ve shot way too much footage and i've edited it a few different ways and i don't think it's very good and so i've lost the will to work on it but can't bring myself to give up on it. WWAD?
also you need to get out of the footage and back onto a conceptual level - what SORT of footage should be at what points in the music? then just grab the first useable takes of what you want and slap it in. kill your darlings, dont think that cos a shot's your favourite that it has to be in the final cut. just get it done so that it does what you think you want it to do. of course it could be better, but if you've overshot perfection is impossible
this is a fun read
aren't you, like, a "real" editor tho anyway?
also i had some mold problems over christmas and am available for advice on that if you still need it
just don't quite have the footage to really achieve it very well
but the things i work on are usually, well sometimes, shot by professionals. this was shot by me on favours and good will and some of it's a bit rubbish. i've over-shot by a massive degree because a lot of it doesn't work and someone who was at one shoot wasn't at another, and etc. i think i've passed about 15 deadlines by now.
but aye, get 'er done, i suppose.
with the quality of footage you have, you can either reshoot (which seems like a terrible idea) or try to adjust the tone of what you're doing to work with what you've got. not necessarily to make it funny, but maybe to make it spookier or more desolate or calm. is this an Interiors pop promo?
and the bit that really counts is the bit i definitely can't reshoot. but aye, i don't have much choice but to make it a bit more oblique and probably nobody will get what it's about but whayagonnado.
When playing popular board game Scrabble, each of the Bonus Multiplying Tiles can only be used once, right?
Does this still apply when the BMT is used for the pivotal letter when creating two words in the same move? I'll try and demonstrate below...
I want to put the word "accent" with the "a" landing on the black square which is a BMT.
I assume the black square is above the N, as although AE is a valid word CN certainly is not (CH is the only two letter word containing C, and there are no two letter words containing V). At any rate, you will form the words AN and ACCENT, yes? So assuming say the bonus square (not a BMT) is a double-word you will score 4 for AN ((1+1) x 2) and 20 for ACCENT ((1+3+3+1+1+1) x 2) for a total of 24. This is assuming that none of the other letters lands on a bonus square, which is possible with the DW three rows or columns from the starting point, but not actually the case for any other DW's on the board.
In the case of the DW's 4 and 5 rows or columns from the central star, your N would land on a double-letter increasing the score for ACCENT to 22 and your total to 26. For the DWs one row/column further out your N will land on a triple-letter and your score would hence be 28 ((1+1) x 2 + (1+3+3+1+(1x3)+1) x 2).
I think this is all covered much more succinctly in the rules supplied with the game.
im pretty bad at the scrabs
I have pretty much made the decision I am going to quit my job, as I have been here for 5 years and it's got to the stage where being here makes me want to cry and punch people, and I don't really do my work any more.
Do you think a 28 year old office-pleb-administrator with 6 years experience in a busy and famous hospital will be snapped up by the temping industry if, for instance, he doesn't get another permanent and more interesting job within a month? You see, I don't really have any savings.
Bored in Bloomsbury
you're their bread and butter.
If I look back on what I've done over the last few months (and arguably years) that doesn't involve sat at a screen, it's mainly been just having awkward conversations with acquaintances at the pub and not making any truly meaningful relationships. I know it takes time but I've been at uni for 1 1/2 years and I'm getting a bit anxious about how dull the social aspect still is.
I've also got an essay in for 9 days which I haven't even looked at or done any reading for, but I'm using today and maybe tomorrow as the last little bit of procrastination. How do you psychologically make yourself start something like this?
Also I think I've messed up one 2nd year module, it's about 4% of the degree but everything is averaged out and I'm a bit worried I've fucked up my chance of ever getting a 1st, which I probably don't deserve, but I'm a neurotic perfectionist.
there's that gladwell 10,000 hours theory but also there's the fact that if you have some product to show for it, something solid, people will give you money to do it in future. obvious example is a blog, about something specific. if you spend 10,000 hours on such a blog you will become an expert and your writing will get good (blog's just an example).
i know that's not your question as such, but the thing is, some people just have a shit time at uni. i did. if i were to have come out of the other side of it with a real body of some kind of work, it would have been a massive consolation.
in the mean time, keep your chin up and your nose down
I hardly took any holiday time off last year. What are some interesting things I can do this year?
How do people meet other people and then end up doing kissing on each other?
If, hypothetically, a Bengal tiger jumped from underground into me house and I was a bit tired; what would be the most realistic and successful course of action?
but you could spend a week doing SOMETHING specific, if only so you can say "one time i spent a whole week lying in a field/hiding in my attic/cycling the entirety of the A10 5 times
2) internet dating really is very effective
3) honestly just ignore it - why do people assume that animals want to kill them?
though I'm also a bit apprehensive and uncertain about it for a cloud of myriad reasons and un-reasons.
Re: (3), I should add the Bengal tiger has been sending me letters composed from cut-ups from newspapers and magazines for some time saying "I'll lamp your neck off, you barnett" and similar things.
24" or so?
with only enough cash to support yourself for like a month and very little work experience a bad idea? i mean know it isn't sensible, but is it a bad idea
what are your alternatives? i dont think it's a bad idea as such tho
pretty much how every rockstar/famous actor/writer/general millionaire biog starts
it's also how you end up working for the NHS in a job you hate for 6 years starts, but don't let that put you off!
Happy Birthday m'man \o/
i feel like it could be good, but i think it's generally considered quackery
Happy bday btw
i can move within the EU, to australia or new zealand. so new zealand. if i could i'd move to america, at least for a few years, but i cant. dunno about you, or what people from uk can do in general, sorry