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January 12, 2007

A Blog Entry in Two Parts (Part 1)

Follow-up to A Blog Entry in Two Parts (Part 2) from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Discounting actual programmes that annoy me (Big Brother and the like to name but a few) one of the main things that annoys me about television programmes manifests itself in two ways, the second of which is more annoying but both of which are essentially the same sin:

1. Something I can only recall Knight Rider doing off the top of my head, which is providing a short - but detailed - preview of the upcoming episode prior to the opening titles. While it's true that this particular example is easy to skip in recordings since it goes Preview, Titles, Episode - such as to have an easily identifiable break between preview and proper content - it still seems completely pointless to me; if I want to see what's going to happen in the episode, I will watch the actual episode - this is, after all, the point...

Coming up, after the break:

2. The most annoying one requires a break for adverts (which makes it even more annoying in shows that don't even have adverts...) which is where they give a detailed preview of what's going to happen in 3 minutes time! That one really gets me - my attention span is not so short that a three minute ad break is going to stop me from watching a program I'm enjoying; and if I'm not enjoying it, no amount of "here's what exciting stuff is coming up" is going to keep me watching...
Also not only do we get the preview before the adverts, but afterwards we get a review of events witnessed just three minutes ago! I don't mind reviews such as prior to some Stargate SG-1 (for example) episodes where they tell you what happened 7 days ago - or possibly several months for some recurring themes - but my memory is good enough to remember what's already happened before the adverts in the current episode.

Also, I hate "Next Week" for precisely them same reason - don't spoil the surprise; the preview of upcoming events is not the basis of my decision to continue watching the series (not that I'm expecting any to read this, but a hint to any writers/producers/directors/etc: Decent content, not previews, are what keep people watching...)

I'm glad I got that off my chest.


April 08, 2005

Hark! I hear a knocking without…

Randomness being discussed at great length on buses, in bars, and on web journals.

Apart from the link, this is of no great relevance. I just thought I'd include it, randomly…

Anyway, since I've been referenced, I feel a defence is in order. Ironically, this itself could be considered "Beige" since many such people may be doing just this. So, off to a good start…

I, personally, do not consider myself to be "Beige"; "Blue" maybe, but not in the depressed sense, I just happen to like the colour.

This isn't the first time I've come across this argument; so it itself is somewhat "Beige" in it's repetition and futility. I don't see why you should decide the best way to live. People are always trying to influence people's lives, and frankly it's getting a little boring.

Why are the arts so important to be non–"Beige"? I personally love films, but don't see why I should just to be interesting… Why should people immerse themselves in culture? Why not immerse themselves in people, so to speak; spend time with friends as friends, without feeling the need to take in a film or a play, or go and see the latest piece of crap being passed off as "art" (How is a glass of water on a shelf a bloody Oak Tree!?).

If people are happy with their lives, then no–one has the right to force them to change. No–one should have that right anyway…

What have you got against faith? Why is it a criterion for bland–ness? Some of the most interesting people I know, and people with whom I have some of my most interesting a varied conversations, have a strong faith. People find comfort in faiths. They are not dependant on the faith, but derive strength from it. I can't deny that there are some levels of faith that are irrational (cults, for instance) but for the most part it can be quite healthy.

Anyway, to sum up: Bollocks to you…


February 22, 2005

It's a long story…

I would like to think of myself as a nice person. I would like to think of myself as a caring person. I would like to think of myself as a friendly person. I would like to think of myself as a well respected person, but we all know that last one just ain't true, but that's a subject for another blog entry…

Anyway, I try to take an interest in my friends' lives; I try to care for my friends; I try to support my friends; I try to be concerned when they seem upset or seem to have a problem.

That is, I try

It's not easy when everything is "a long story" or "none of my business", despite the fact that it would have been had my head been turned 90o to the left or the right.

I also never get told anything. For example, for the past year I've been in charge of the Front of House of Warwick Student Cinema, and I heard from the Technical Officer that some people thought the FoH staff could be a bit nicer. Don't get me wrong, he's a great guy and I like having him as I friend (I may not be his friend; he may think I'm a twat, but again my lack of self esteem is the subject for another entry…), but why the hell didn't these people tell me. I was the one who could have tried to do something about it. I always try to be nice, polite, friendly. If people don't tell me anything, they can't expect me to know everything. I try to; I'm somewhat of a perfectionist. If someone, a year ago, had said to me "By the way, DM Meetings really need to be announced on USFA", I'd have announced that there was a DM Meeting. I'd have preferred that to people telling another DM that it needs to be announced.

I get the impression that some people don't seem to think I'm trustworthy. I feel this may be due to the fact I've never had the chance to prove that I am, because no–one ever tells me anything the requires trust because they don't think I'm trustworthy…
It's a vicious circle…

Also, I do "want to know". Logically, I must "want to know"; I asked, didn't I. If there's something that I "don't want to know" that I'm asking you about, I'd be surprised if I didn't know the area it concerned…
If I know what it's likely to concern, and I'm asking for elaboration, I obviously "want to know"; again, taking an interest in friends' lives.
I don't believe I have ever come across anything that truly offended me. There's not much I dislike, I just like things to varying degrees. I even quite liked Hulk and Blade Trinity (but still, vampire dogs). The same with people; there are very few people I dislike, and even less that I hate (I believe I hate 2 people out of everyone I've ever met, and you won't know either of them).

If people don't seem to want to be cared about, I don't know why I bother, but I'm going to keep trying to care; it's who I am.

Anyway, that's all I wanted to say…


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