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By nebbish (Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 03:52:28 AM EST) sister's wedding, films, games, cats that look like hitler (all tags)
Went to rape a mutant


Me

All good. Sister's wedding went well, two days hard drinking, catching up with old mates and having a laugh with recent ones. Great idea of my sister and brother-in-law to get a decent DJ - slow dances were Carly Simon "Why" and Raze "Break for Love" rather than the usual crap.

I'm really happy at the moment. I've got on top of my finances after struggling with them all year (looks like I can afford a holiday this year, which is unusual), been told on the quiet I'm getting a pay rise just for being so great, I'm getting loads of writing done and sent off so have future hopes, girls-wise things aren't the usual unmitigated disaster (irons in the fire rather than anything too exciting), and, I dunno, it's spring and I've got my mates around me and I'm just happy. Sorry if this is making you sick, but I'd like to share that it really doesn't take much.

Film

Watched Bullet Boy last night. It follows two brothers in Hackney, east London, one young and at school, the other just released from prison, negotiating the tensions and difficulties of growing up in a poor, crime-ridden area. I may be wrong, but I think it's the first movie to tackle the growing problem of gun crime in British black communities.

The main plot of the film follows a spiraling argument between two young men, not friends but known to each other, over a broken wing mirror, and how it takes on a momentum of its own and spirals out of control. The film shows attempts at negotiation and mediation that fail due to a reluctance to back down and lose face on either side. Glad it took this route - most gun murders in the UK are over crap like this rather than drugs or robberies.

There were some missed tricks. Guns could have come into play much later (usually in this country where handguns are illegal and hard to come by, they are a last resort and sourced with great difficulty), a factor that was hinted at on one side of the argument. I think keeping it simple would have worked better - the tangled plot lines in the second half of the film muddied the waters a bit, although they did bring in a much broader moral scope.

The acting was low-key, subtle, very good considering the inexperience of the cast. And it's beautifully shot, summer in Homerton, on Hackney Marshes and up Lower Clapton Road in all its glory, which surprisingly isn't that bad a place to be on a summer's day.

Mystified as to why the reviews were so luke warm - it's a brave, intelligent film, flawed, but then what do you expect from a first-time director, first-time actors and a shoestring budget?

Games

Finally got my DS. Aesthetically it's actually quite a nice little machine, functional but then that's Nintendo all round. Reminds me a bit of the original Gameboy Advance, which apart from the unlit screen was far better looking than the SP. Anyway, glad I didn't hold out for the new version, which just looks like a fake iPod.

Started out with Mario Kart and Nintendogs. Although I haven't played online yet, Mario Kart is excellent. I'm bored of the single player now but wireless multiplayer is a great laugh. Unfortunately, on download play (where your opponent downloads software from your DS and doesn't need their own copy of the game) you only get 8 tracks, which sounds like enough but isn't really after a few goes.

Nintendogs is a great way of showing off the DS's capabilities but lacks shelf-life as a game. I'm glad I got it though, it's very enjoyable and the voice recognition aspect is impressive and fun. Haven't quite got used to bellowing "SIT!" into the machine when on the bus into town as yet, so haven't progressed much. There's a surprising bit of Best in Show style humour in the competitions, Nintendo of America showing their translation skills again (Animal Crossing is also hilarious).

Started with a Pug and called him Boris, after my mate's Pug, who died last year. You should have seen my mate's face, he looked like he was going to cry, petting a virtual Boris trapped behind a tiny screen. I've been reading too much Philip K Dick recently and it freaked me out a bit.

Not sure what to call the other dogs as and when I get them - thinking of calling the Labrador "Blood" after the dog in A Boy and his Dog (was it a Labrador? I was about eleven when I read it and can't remember), and the Husky "Buck" after the husky cross in the Call of the Wild. Dunno about the others - suggestions welcome. There's a Dachshund, Beagle and Shih Tsu to be getting on with.

Whilst we're on pets

Here's a cat that looks like Hitler

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Dog names by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 04:05:12 AM EST
Fang from the Jack London Book.
Timmeh from Famous Five.


Timmeh from South Park! by nebbish (4.00 / 3) #3 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 04:13:17 AM EST
Especially considering it's voice recognition so I'd have to get the voice right!

Great idea!

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Buck, Fang? by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 2) #30 Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 05:53:10 AM EST
Miss Catfish Approves. by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 04:06:22 AM EST

You'll also find there are hidden breeds in the game; I now have Miss Catfish, the pug, and Pooper, my little virtual Yorkshire Terrier. Wireless Bark Mode is fun, though I've only used it with lmfB. Somehow it seems a little paedo-creepy to go use it socially with the tweenies who no doubt play this game normally.

Also, +1. Cat Who Looks Like Hitler! I counter with Baby Puppy MacKenzie Thinking She's a Neck Warmer.


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You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
That's more practical than looking like Hitler by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 04:17:57 AM EST
I recorded a message saying "Would you like to see some puppies?" in a creepy paedophile voice for my forays into Bark mode. Hopefully I won't get arrested.

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OMFG by MrPlough (4.00 / 2) #4 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 04:16:08 AM EST
Hitler!
No work.
My co-worker by blixco (4.00 / 4) #6 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 04:41:00 AM EST
was waxing poetic about mustaches.  He said "there's not a single mustache out there that isn't fucking awesome" and I said "well, there's the Hitler mustache."

"Yeah, but that's not the mustache's fault, ya know?  It's not because it's a small, sort of swank mustache.  It's because the guy wearing it is a mass murdering asshole."
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Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco

So true by nebbish (4.00 / 2) #7 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 04:44:35 AM EST
You could also argue that Hitler maligned all moustaches.

Funny that people seem to remember him for his moustache as much as large-scale genocide, starting the worst war ever, etc.

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That is strange, by blixco (4.00 / 3) #8 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 04:47:29 AM EST
but he was all about iconography.  He stole a perfectly good swastika an turned it into the sign for evil.  He took a perfectly decent Bavarian mustache and turned it into a fashion statement of evil.

Imagine if he'd used Catholic imagery.

He was all about the visuals, though, and the media.  Sort of like all modern politicians, but only in that regard...hopefully.
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Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco

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It could, however, be that the entire by yicky yacky (4.00 / 3) #10 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 05:07:30 AM EST

problem was the moustache's fault. Hitler; the Victorians; Bobby Ball; the Chuckle brothers; the Liverpool midfield / defence of the 1980's; Sir Robert Winston; you've got to agree that it's hardly an exemplary pedigree ...


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THAT CAT IS MY NEW DOG by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 05:06:30 AM EST
God, even.

The dog from Boy and c was more like a Pippin dog, IIRC.

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Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.

Why by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #16 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 06:04:41 AM EST
Have they got post-apocalyptic wastelands on CBBC? The daffodils don't fool me.

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Aunty Entity or Auntie Mabel? by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #21 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 06:35:58 AM EST
Who would win?

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+1 AWESOME CAT. by Alice Pulley (4.00 / 1) #11 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 05:12:59 AM EST
Want to see Bullet Boy, I read a couple of good reviews actually, just can't remember where.

Your happiness is sickening - although has just made me think - why I am being so miserable, stuff, in general, isn't that bad right now.

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'But they're adults and perfectly capable of working it out themselves. And if not, well, fuck em.' - Nebbish '06.

So miserable? by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #12 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 05:26:57 AM EST
BECAUSE NO ONE ARRANGED LHUSI BEERlemonadeS.

I include myself in the blame for this.

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Hmmm. by Alice Pulley (4.00 / 1) #13 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 05:47:09 AM EST
Bearing in mind my current position on my drinking, I am not sure this is a bad thing. I am not conviced my willpower can cope with Lhusi non drinking...

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'But they're adults and perfectly capable of working it out themselves. And if not, well, fuck em.' - Nebbish '06.

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I was intending to propose by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 05:56:54 AM EST
an LHuSi bowling, but, well, never got round to it.

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CwazyWabbit suggested that once by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 06:09:23 AM EST
It never got off the ground, but that might have been to do with it being too close to Christmas.

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That's partly my point by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #15 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 06:00:03 AM EST
If I look at it another way I earn half as much as you lot, haven't got a girlfriend, and it may be spring but it might as well still be winter. It's all down to attitude I reckon.

Bullet Boy is really worth it. God knows I watch enough Hollywood crap when there's stuff like this about.

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You earn twice as much as me. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #18 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 06:14:33 AM EST
At least net of tax.

That reminds me, I really should be getting my tax code sorted so I can get nearly a grand off the revenue.

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You should be a quarter as happy by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #19 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 06:22:45 AM EST
as everyone else then :-)

What do you do?

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Pack books. by ambrosen (4.00 / 2) #20 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 06:33:55 AM EST
Two to three days a week.

I started because they needed someone to fix up the website, and my Dad's chairman of the board, but I made ambitious statements to delivering on that which was that I would do it at home when I actually had nowhere to work at home. After I started going to the office to work, I got involved with doing the ordinary work, which was a whole lot less stressful at the time, as I was recovering from all kinds of unhealthy and manipulative situations in which I'd been placed (note to yicky yacky: none of those were romantic relationships), and quite fun. So when the boss's wife stopped working there because they have an abysmal relationship, which involves him dominating her and her shouting him down or talking over him (or any collateral damage), I was asked to come in full time.

Until I pissed him (and her (who quite rightly sees her power base (although she's been reassigned to work in a real job with real people) lies in criticising everyone else who works there by any tiny means possible (e.g. Major bollocking delivered by him at her bequest because I failed to have the labels I was sticking on the books in the order she preffered))) off by (among other things which were more justifiable) taking two days off to drive up to the funeral of a friend's baby, whereupon he employed someone else for two days a week and put me straight down to three days. Which was a relief admittedly, what with the stupid commute.

Still, I'm trying to make myself healthy, so I can pay off my debts doing something clever with computers. And not clever as in trying to fix a broken database and not let the inept users realise anything else has changed.

So that's the short and unreadable answer.

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Still, onwards an upwards by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #22 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 06:38:02 AM EST
You have a battle plan, which is the main thing. I was talking to a newish friend at the wedding who works in a call centre for peanuts and doesn't know what else to do. He isn't very happy. I hope he works something out.

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Like I said, I'm happy. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #24 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 07:13:43 AM EST
Don't know why. Still live with my parents. Which reduces the financial angst more than a bit, of course.

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I used to manage a call centre dept... by Alice Pulley (4.00 / 1) #27 Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 12:37:01 AM EST
...or two.

Absolutely shit. Horrible environment, extremely stressful, rude customers, tied to your desk, scheduled breaks. It was bad enough having to manage people in that environment, to those rules, let alone actually do the job. I would advise anyone against working in a call centre.

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'But they're adults and perfectly capable of working it out themselves. And if not, well, fuck em.' - Nebbish '06.

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I've managed to avoid it by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #28 Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 12:53:38 AM EST
Though a lot of my mates have been through them, what with Leeds being call centre capital back in the 90s.

I really do hope my mate gets out, he absolutely hates it. Whilst I've never actually enjoyed a job (I think "good job" is an oxymoron. You have to get up in the morning!), I've never absolutely hated one. Can't imagine what it's like to dread going in every morning.

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Oh and the rudeness by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #29 Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 12:54:56 AM EST
I get that at work (not all the time, a good few times a week). It's impossible to imagine how stressful it is until you experience it on a regular basis.

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I bet. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #31 Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 05:31:25 AM EST
even offhandness pisses me off with customers on the phone. And timewasters.

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+1, lots of brackets. by Alice Pulley (2.00 / 0) #26 Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 12:34:45 AM EST


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'But they're adults and perfectly capable of working it out themselves. And if not, well, fuck em.' - Nebbish '06.

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It's the best way to change subject all the time. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #32 Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 05:32:45 AM EST
Also, I'm a lisp programmer at heart.

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Random question by idiot boy (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 07:07:37 AM EST
You read "Never Let me Go" by Ishiguro.

Very good so far. Am wondering if the end will be as predicable as I've been predicting through the book. Seems a bit derivative but enjoyable and as the blurb on the back says, heartbreaking (sort of).

Have an appalling cold (can't speak), am off to New Zealand tomorrow to see Sen (wayhay - 24hr on a plane in AC with a cold), have not smoked for 5 days (thank god for Nicorette).

Also found out today that a guy I knew at University (friend is probably a bit strong though I'm not sure if that might just have been me being wierd at uni) died on Saturday of a brain tumor. Apparently he went into hospital on Friday night with a bad headach and died Saturday afternoon.

We're getting old.

Have spend last 6 days in Austria though. Top food and such gubbins and you can smoke - EVERYWHERE. They have ashtrays at every place in meeting rooms...

Mad stuff.

A piss-poor diary posted to Nebbish's. Also mad stuff.

It was ace talking to your sister the other night. I proper welled up I did!


Never read it by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #25 Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 11:54:44 PM EST
I think Alison did. I'll remember it but it's at the bottom of a long list at the moment.

Sorry to hear about your mate. Dunno if you remember my sister's mate Catherine, but she's had heart surgery. Yes, we are getting very old.

Hope you have a cool time in New Zealand. Where are you staying? I'm seeing Andrew tomorrow night, I'll ask him about it (although it'll be too late by then!)

My sister was really pleased she spoke to you. It was a fucking great wedding btw.

Give us a shout when you get back. I have a new plan to enable me to finally get to Edinburgh - day off work and National Express. 9 hours. I'm hard enough.

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