A nice guy, but...
22 November 2010 @ 00:07
I have a horrible feeling that my first module casualty of the year may be about to fall. In one module, we were given an assignment, put into groups, then sent on our merry way to complete it. Only here's the thing: we were given the assignment on a Thursday. On the Friday, I would be leaving Birmingham for two weeks. The deadline for the assignment is on Tuesday, two days after I return to Brum.

So I've had to communicate with my group by email. I emailed them on that first Monday to let them know what I was going to do, then sent another on Wednesday with the results I'd come up with. I didn't hear back until Friday - almost a week with no contact, and no idea what they were doing. Then I had an email the following Tuesday, then finally a flurry on the Thursday just gone.

What is extremely worrying is that they seem to have no real clue as to what they're doing, but the assignment is the sort of thing I do for a living. They only seriously asked my advice on Thursday, five days before deadline date. I tried to provide it, but being so far away it wasn't immediately obvious what they were doing. This morning it dawned on me that they have taken completely the wrong approach, and it's now too late to change things.
A nice guy, but...
14 November 2010 @ 14:37
From the original by @gaijinsan21. I have amended it only to add my own name:

This first appeared as a series of messages on Twitter, and that’s probably where it is best seen. But for those who asked (thank you!) here are my thoughts on Article 10:

A lot of what is going on this week, Aung San Suu Kyi, #twitterjoketrial, @baskers, all comes down to one thing. Freedom of speech.

Now we have members of the London Assembly saying they will suspend the right to protest because they can’t afford to police it.

So I just wanted to say this. My name is Greg. That doesn’t mean a thing to many of you.

My name is nice_guy_but. I have a right to freedom of speech. It is not a gift you may revoke if you find it inconvenient or costly.

It is my right and it is guaranteed to me by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. It therefore supersedes your authority.

I will not use disclaimers. Article 10 does not require that I use disclaimers.

I will not tell you when I am making a joke. Article 10 does not require that I tell you when I am making a joke.

I will not moderate my language. FUCK THAT SHIT. Article 10 does not require that I moderate my language.

I will not be intimidated out of my rights by poor application of the law. Article 10 protects me from poor application of the law.

I will not allow you to propagate bullshit about terrorism to keep me scared. I will use my Article 10 rights to inform myself and others.

Freedom of expression is my right, guaranteed to me by Article 10. If you want it you can take it from my cold dead hands.

But if you try, remember #IAmSpartacus. Because my name is Legion, and I am many.
A nice guy, but...
11 November 2010 @ 19:57
Civil liberties. Yes, I used to have them. Those were the days.

A nice guy, but...
12 April 2010 @ 23:16

Message begins.

First day with my new employer today. As I'm on secondment this has made no difference to me other than the company name changing on my email signature. Meh.

Bored with the General Election already. Can it be 6th May already so I can vote and get it over with please? The brouhaha over the Digital Economy Bill (now the Digital Economy Act) has both made me disillusioned with British politics but also given me impetus to become more informed. Alas that means wading through all the mud slinging, empty promises, finger pointing, ad-homineming and bullshitting of the election build up. Arsebuscuits.

I have curtains. After nearly a year of waking up with the sunrise, the diffused and slightly unworldly light in the flat this morning was a bit unnerving. Still, this privacy thing is quite nice.

jossversejunky has been staying here during her Easter hols. There have been many laughs, many nummy meals, and a trip to see Kick Ass, which is simultaneously awesome and seriously fucked-up. Go and see it, folks! jossversejunky is back in Leeds now, but we will meet again this weekend at my sister's 30th birthday party in Lincoln, then in May we will be Moving In Together for the summer :-D

Message ends.

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

Where I at: Oot and aboot
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13 March 2010 @ 00:39
The company for whom I work have not re-won the major contract they bid for in Cornwall. So, barring any unlikely demands for my services from another office in the next two weeks, I will have a new employer in April.

That is all.
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25 February 2010 @ 01:08
1. Pick 15 of your favourite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.

Come on folks, only four more to go!

1. Consult your doctor before using this product. Side effects may include oily discharge, hives, loss of appetite, low blood pressure. If you have diabetes or a history of kidney trouble, you're dead, asshole! Sideways - deridere
2. Father, are you sure she's a supreme being?
3. Ok, here's the deal. I have a hangover. Who knows what that means? School of Rock - k_sui
4. [voice over] Why didn't I go in? I'm such a chicken. I'm such an idiot. I should have kissed her. I've blown it. I should just go and knock on her door and just kiss her. It would be romantic. It would be something we could someday tell our kids. I'm gonna do that right now. [drives away] Adaptation - resk
5. They took Ruth while she was out buying food. I've never cried so hard in my life. It wasn't long till they came for me. V For Vendetta - jossversejunky
6. May I please go back to prison?
7. Oh, you think you're so special because you get to play Picture Pages up there? Well, my five year old daughter could do that and let me tell you, she's not the brightest bulb in the tanning bed. So why don't you go back to night school in Mantino and learn a real trade Juno - damelola
8. Charles, get the rifle out. We're being fucked. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels - deridere
9. Can you keep a secret? I'm trying to organize a prison break. I'm looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out? Lost in Translation - k_sui
10. The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool.
11. Who is that? Nietzsche? So you stopped talking because of Friedrich Nietzsche? Far out. Little Miss Sunshine - k_sui
12. I just want you to feel you're doing well. I hate for people to die embarrassed. The Princess Bride - jossversejunky
13. Twelve thousand troops. But that's not enough. That's the amount that are going to die. And at the end of a war you need some soldiers left, really, or else it looks like you've lost.
14. The man likes to play chess; let's get him some rocks. The Shawshank Redemption - k_sui
15. Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don't fail us now! The Blues Brothers - k_sui
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02 February 2010 @ 00:18
In case you missed this on BBC One this evening, the 2010 Richard Dimbleby lecture by Terry Pratchett, read by Tony Robinson, on the subject of assisted death. Don't know when the BBC will get this video onto the iPlayer, but I recommend watching when it's available if you have views of any kind on the subject.

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07 December 2009 @ 17:49
On the twelfth day of Christmas, nice_guy_but sent to me...
Twelve mountains reading
Eleven pubs walking
Ten computers a-cooking
Nine books camping
Eight scrubs a-hiking
Seven cats a-sighing
Six hugs a-drinking
Five bi-i-i-ill hicks
Four star wars
Three close friends
Two north wales
...and an ireland in a cake for lily.
Get your own Twelve Days:
A nice guy, but...
12 November 2009 @ 17:44
I've discovered the real reason why Dollhouse has been cancelled: it's all Summer Glau's fault.