All entries for January 2006

January 20, 2006

Interviews, projects and general silliness

As some of you may know, this week was my official "week of interviews". On Wednesday I travelled for a total of 5 hours for a 30 minute interview with Nationwide, which I was basically treating as a practice for later ones. It went extremely well, the woman who I spoke to was very nice, and I'm going to get another hotel stay out of it on the 21st Feb for the final round.

To be close for my IBM interview I went up to London last night to stay with my brother. It was really good catching up with him, including finding out that the programme series he researched over the summer ("Penis Envy") is being shown Mon-Weds week 5 on channel 4 in the evenings. I'm not sure if he's told my parents he's done this yet, it features a special on the depressed man with the world's biggest member and one on John Bobbit (the guy who had his penis chopped off and thrown out the window). The project he's working on at the moment (my brother, not Mr Bobbit) is "This Is A Knife" and should be available to view online soon at He's producer/director for it, so it's a bit more of his work…

Anyway, on to the interview. I got up this morning, got to the office at 8:30, waited round until 9:30, had a quick introduction to the day and then started the group exercise. This is where it all started to go horribly, horribly wrong. In my group of 4, there was one guy who was pretty bright, one who was quite nice, and one who was the most annoying guy in the world. Ever. Every time anyone came up with a suggestion he just shot them down, and put his own way across and refused to change. As we were supposed to work as a team and had a tight deadline, we ended up having to do it his way, and got nowhere. I made more suggestions and they kept on getting knocked down. I of course should probably must take some of the blame for not being assertive enough to get my ideas across, and not helping him more while I felt we were going in circles, but it's nice to blame someone else :-).

The rest of the morning went pretty well, with aptitude tests and some very nice cups of tea. When it got to them announcing who was staying for interviews I was feeling a bit more optimistic, but they only asked 1 of the 8 of us to stay. Basically, anyone in my group failed at the group stage and generally on one of the tests, and 3 out of the 4 others failed the numeracy tests. I'm pretty pleased that I was one of the only two who passed all the aptitude tests, and it's not the end of the world that I didn't get the job, but I'm still not too happy. I should have been more assertive in the group exercise…

Ah well.

Anyhow, that was my week. Typical that I get through without much pain on the job I'm not too fussed about, and fail miserably at the one I want. It's just the way the cookie crumbles I guess.

Just needed to write that down to clear my head. Just one more thing to get out of my system now:

Arse, shite, bugger, feck, grr.

Much better.

January 15, 2006

New tactics

The realisation hit me earlier this week that I really needed to start doing some serious work for my project since it's got to be bloody long and I've only done the very easy bits so far.

To help with this, I've found some surefire ways of making me work now:

  • If I work I get to listen to music at this amazing site recommended to me by Joe Davison. You have to pretend to be American, but it then lets you build a list of some of your favourite music which it makes a radio station around. Pure genius.
  • If I don't work the only music I'm allowed to listen to is Fire In Your Heart on loop, the cheesiest piece in the world (hard work) which I performed with MTW on Friday.
  • I have an interview with IBM on Friday, and I think the subject of my project might be asked about, so I really should know something about it by then.
  • I'm working with Laura and she's doing a lot more than me so I end up feeling very, very guilty!

Right, I'd best go and do some work now as listening to Fire In Your Heart 5 times while checking e-mails and writing this has almost been enough to make me slit my wrists…


January 07, 2006

Work avoidance…

…is going well today, though I have slipped a bit and done some research for my project.

Other things I've done:

  • Watched this: link
  • Researched for my IBM interview a week Monday
  • Written thank you letters

Time to start being productive…

January 02, 2006


Hello all who read this,

Well, it's been a fun few weeks. I've done (approximately) 5 minutes work in the 4 and a half weeks I've had off, I've bought some clothes that don't say Warwick on them for pretty much the first time in 4 years, I've got a double bass drum pedal (wooo!), and I've had a bloody good time! The double bass drum pedal is pretty wicked, but bloody difficult to play. I might actually have to practice when I get back to uni…

One of the highlights was seeing one of my best friends from home's new flat in London. He is my official fashion guru and often attempts to make me have £70 hair-cuts or do other silly things like join a gym, but this time I managed to get him to show me where to shop in Oxford Street on a student's budget, though he insisted on showing me how to tuck a shirt in properly. I never knew it was such a science!

Probably the biggest highlight of my holiday though was having the final annual New Year's Eve party at my house, finishing a tradition which started when I was at college. It was really good to catch up with friends, some of whom I hadn't seen since the same time the year before, especially the ones who I didn't have contact details for who had just turned up hoping there would be a party here! I'm going to put a few pictures up when I find my camera cable, including one of the most lethal drink I've ever drunk (balsamic vinegar stuff that was 45% when it was bought – 25 years ago on my parents' honeymoon!). The house is still in one piece too, which is always a relief, not like the year when a friend fell over and put his foot through our brand new oven's door for example…

I'm back in Warwick on Tuesday, and will probably be on campus at some point to play with my double bass drum pedal some more!

Right, I'd best get some sleep, I wasn't asleep until around 6 last night and got woken up at 9 when one of my friends had to leave for the railway station.

Adios, and have a happy new year!


PS This is my new pedal, mine's an ex-demo version of this: link

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