There is a large thunderstorm here at the moment. High winds, thunder & lightning. I was in the living room watching the storm when I noticed the sound of a lawnmower. Across the street and a few doors down, someone was mowing his lawn ????? WTF ??????
Lightning is flashing across the sky and thunder following almost immediately. We call these type of people “Temporary Australians”, they are also known as potential Darwin Award winners.
Started watching the program Second Chance. It is an intriguing program and has kept me interested so far, the story line is OK, the acting is OK and the directing and camera work are better then average. There is however one small issue – the damn transparent glass screens, I can see no reason what so ever for using something like a window as a screen. For any number of reasons it would be impractical.
- If the light is brighter behind the screen, it would be hard to see anything.
- If the sun is behind the screen (which happens ALL the time in this show) you can usually see nothing but also you take the chance of developing sight problems from looking at the sun. In one scene they are using the window-screen to develop an identikit picture, only a small portion of the picture can be seen because the sun is directly behind the glass, yet both people stand there as if the sun does not exist.
- Security. Anything you can see everyone else can also.
- Privacy. Same 3 – everyone can see everything.
I don’t know about people in the USA but everywhere else we like at lease a modicum of privacy. Using a window as a screen you not only have everyone in the room able to see what is on it but the whole damn neighbourhood. Why not just put a jumbo screen on your roof and display everything that goes on in your house ? I have even seen renovation programs where you cannot see so much as a curtain nor blind in the whole house, even the bath room. An episode of one program had a scene of a woman getting out of the bath right next to a window that was unshaded with traffic going by outside and houses across the street – may as well post signs for rapists telling them where the easy targets are.
I have had some A-Holes say that privacy no longer exist, well I dare them to post every singe detail of their lives online to prove it, including bank account details, PINs, passwords, security question details. Lets see how long they last – bet their accounts would be empty within minutes of the info being published – ask Jeremy Clarkson, he thought the same thing, until it happened to him.
UPDATE: 24 Mar 2016
Just a quick update, still watching and still intrigued but cannot see this going another season.
Doctor: “What do you think ?”
River: “Of what?”
Doctor: “The new body”
River: “Don’t know yet. I’ve only seen the face”
Just watched episode 12 of Doctor Who, the penultimate episode of the year. It has been left open for some interesting times in future episodes and/or even a spin off series of the 2 immortal ladies. I would have expected a spin off from the Doctors Daughter episode considering that the Doctors Daughter was played by the real life daughter of one of the Doctors and is married to another of the Doctors, talk about keeping it the family.
I must admit that I have not been the greatest fan of the Peter Capaldi (I do like the actor himself) iteration of the Doctor but I do not think they could have gotten anybody better for the last 3 episodes. Finally his passion, his imagination, his commitment is coming through. His voice alone gave us the depths of his feelings, it was completely different from his normal voice, his classical theatre training/experience shone through.
There is a confession that I have to make, that is I watched the original airing of Doctor Who, with the original Doctor, giving a hint of my age. I was hooked on and loved every episode until Sylvester McCoy took over, for some reason I took an instant dislike to the man and I still do not know why. I have watched his episodes since and I still think he was one of if the worst Doctors ever but I did enjoy his episodes on the 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) viewing. My favourite Doctor to date has to be Christopher Eccleston for the simple reasons that he brought new life to the franchise and he was absolutely brilliant. My favourite Doctor for entertainment and likeability has to be David Tennant closely followed by Matt Smith. These people have introduced The Doctor to at least 2 more generations, let’s hope that the BBC and the world in general maintain an affection and it continues for 50+ more years.
P.S. If what I just said does not give you the impression that I am a great Doctor Who fan well – I AM, from the beginning, more than 50 years ago and hopefully for another 50 to come.
Cannot wait for the Christmas episode coming up in a few days.
I was devastated today – I have just found out that Amanda Peterson past away just over a month ago at the age of 43. My mother died just 17 days before her 43rd birthday, this is a very young age to leave us, I am devastated.
The world is by far worse off without her. I do not know how she died, I just know that we have lost someone that brought light into our lives, someone that through her acting brought joy and hope to a lot of people – I will miss her. Amanda, we will miss you for eternity. With a lot of love, farewell.
My sympathies and love go to her family and friends.
It has been a while since I last updated. I have now been out of work for 9 months. Getting an interview is almost impossible, I have had only 5 so far, three of those were with agencies and two with actual employers.
The first employer interview went VERY badly. Was my first job interview for 15 years (since April 1999). I could not sleep the night before, I was sweating very badly at the interview (there was an actual puddle left on the table where I had been resting my hands and arms) but worst of all the link between mind and mouth went down – I could not answer a single question convincingly. I had the answers in my head but for some reason only garbage or nothing came out of my mouth and I started rambling. Two of the three interviewers lost interest very quickly and just sat there looking at their hands. I was very relieved when it was over and to get home and calm down.
The second interview was about 5 months later. It went a lot better, I was more relaxed and refreshed, I was no where near as nervous as before. The interview was handled very differently from the first. The first one was like an inquisition – 3 people sat behind table facing me and firing of questions, this one how ever was more in the lines of a discussion. The prospective employer took me to a local club for lunch and we talked about what his company was currently doing and what his future plans were. Everything went fine until he advised that he wanted me to start the very next day (the interview started at 3pm) – I advised him that I was very interested in the job but lived over 2hrs drive away (3.5 hours if I used public transport, so 4 to 7 hours traveling each day) and would need time to relocate to somewhere closer before I could start. Unfortunately he was not willing to give me the time so he hired the person he interviewed just before me.
So now your up to date. Back to looking for work – it was a novelty not having to work for the first 6 months or so but now it is boring and very frustrating.