Friday, January 20, 2017

It has been much too long - TV Post

But I am in fact still here just not taking the time to update this blog as much. Let's rectify that with a little post about TV.

There has been a lot of new TV in this new season and I initially took on a lot of new shows and decided to write this about the shows I've hit pause on:

The shows I am not currently watching are:

  • Shoot The Messenger
  • Incorporated
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Romeo Section
  • Between
  • Longmire
I'm no TV critic and for the most part these are all solid shows but after watching most of them I just wasn't enthused with them. 

I saw an episode of Shoot The Messenger after going to MCM London Comic Con and seeing one of the stars talking about it. It is more dramatic than I usually go with dealing with racial tensions and the press and things like that. Just hasn't grabbed me so far maybe I might grab an episode next time I have a big trip.

Incorporated is Sci-Fi but not my kind of Sci-Fi it didn't grab me when I wrote about it. The first episode was a bit of a snore fest and was more about the evils of mega corporations than actual Sci-Fi. Pilots are notorious for being slow and boring when compared when the rest of a show's run but this one gave me absolutely nothing.

The Big Bang Theory is on my to watch list but I usually marathon it at the end of the season's run to see if there is actually something worth watching like the return of Alessandra Torresani. 

The Romeo Section is a spy drama that is heavy on the interpersonal drama of normal people cultivated to be spies on people they are involved with. This is one of those Canadian TV shows I like to keep an eye on. I have seen three episodes or so of it and it is a great show that I don't fully appreciate, It is the first of these shows that I would recommend.

Between is this crazy little thriller seemingly joint Canadian/Netflix production about a town that becomes the centre of an outbreak. I loved the first season but I just haven't had the time or the inclination to make the time to see what the second season has to offer.

Ah Longmire one of the few times a show has prompted me to go and hunt down the books. The show is great but I missed when it came back two seasons ago and I am probably halfway through that season. I'm not sure if I'll ever catchup.

So what do you think about the shows I'm sleeping on? What shows have you given up on this season? Or what shows will you wait to hear the fate of before jumping on? Answers in the comments would make my day.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Did You Know I Design T-shirts???

I have a Teepublic store which you can visit here

At the moment I have four designs up and there is a Sale going on for the next 24 hours. The sale means that while the T-shirts (there are other options) usually cost $20 you can get them for the low low price of $20 which seems pretty cool to me.

Check out my latest design here.

I'll be doing my best to add new designs as I can think them up and wrangle Photoshop to do my bidding. So check out the store and share the heck out of it.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Getting Ready For London Comic Con

2 weeks to go until MCM Comic Con London and I am mostly ready for it. It is pretty exciting actually even though it is far from my first time at Excel it will be the first time I am attending on multiple days. As seems to be the case recently the list of celebrity guests gets confirmed extremely close to the event.


Here is the list of guests at Comic Con I have some interest in:

Enver Gjokaj (Agent Carter, Dollhouse)
Violett Beane (The Flash, The Leftovers)
Ophelia Lovibond
Michael Landes
Michael Rowe (Arrow)
Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica)
Nolan North (Pretty Little Liars, Uncharted Series)
Troy Baker (Uncharted)
Emily Rose (Haven, Uncharted Series)
Lucas Bryant (Haven)

This Comic Con has had a lot of prep got my new camera, few new SD cards and somewhat of a plan. No schedule has been released yet but the one thing I would like to do is to actually do a few different things while there. Before it has literally just been press work but this time I hope to attend a few of the cosplay meet ups and take some pictures.


On the job front things looked up briefly when I had some e-mails back from a perspective job offer but unfortunately it amounted to nothing. Still keeping up the applications though so hopefully something will develop soon. I'm gonna keep this short hopefully my next post will show some pictures using the new camera. Hopefully they will look ok.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Job Interview Stuff

I had a recent job interview last week to be exact and I thought I would share the experience. It was first thing in the morning at 9 which may have been a mistake. It was a very hot day and given that the business was a 20 minute plus walk from the train station with little shade by the time I got in to the reception area I felt somewhat unpleasant.

I thankfully had some time to freshen up a bit but not really long enough to stop sweating but I was happy enough having spent the day before getting familiar with the role. This interview came with the dreaded task before the actual interview.

It was a Word and Excel assignment the former being a Mail Merge and the latter a Chart builder. With lots of mistakes and changes to be made such as add this line, make that a fancy table it is way too easy to burn through the precious, precious time. Look below for my rant on interview tasks.

Personally I have a lot of problems with the task based interviews as it is not something that you can adequately prepare for unless you're super lucky. I do office work so my tasks are generally if not 99% of the time Word and Excel stuff. You almost never get enough time and the assignment is broken down in a way which is the most counter-intuitive possible.

The way that instructions are listed in those tasks generally ensure that they take up as much time as possible. You could rearrange them and have them done in half the time. Perhaps that's the point but what does that have to do with a job situation where you've got training on how the company you work for likes to do things. To me it makes no damn sense.

Enough of my ranting about job interviews though don't want to talk myself out of future ones.

Monday, June 20, 2016

I Wanted To Write About My Job Interview

I had a job interview on the 8th of this month and I wanted to write last week to talk to you about how it went but it made more sense to wait until I had heard the result I just either way it seemed sensible. But you know the nature of job searches never make things simple. Anyway let's talk in general terms about the interview itself.

The role was a customer facing one dealing with lots of calls along with more administration based roles all the while dealing with the duty of care stuff so like safeguarding and the like. The interview was about 2:30pm on the day and by the Monday I could see it was a hot one. The interview venue was a serious walk away but awkward enough that it didn't make much sense to try and look to see if a bus route would make things easier. It would be about a 30-35 minute walk for most people but a little longer for me thanks to the heat.

On the day the heat was ridiculous made more so with wearing appropriate interview attire but having expected that I made sure to leave an hour and a half before the interview time and make my way there at my own speed, although I took breaks from time to time the most time I lost was when a shortcut across a bridge was closed off for a month that definitely added an extra ten minutes for a very long detour.

The place wasn't hard to find but it was hard to get into especially with no warning about the whole dial a department thing. Eventually I just tried all the groups located in the building until a nice person walked across from his office to the one that was doing the interview and they eventually let me in.

I had 30 minutes I thought to stop sweating and try to look halfway presentable but they decided to move the interview forward I suppose as I had got there early. The interview went pretty well I felt closer to being in the zone than that nasty place where you second guess every answer you give. Though I wish they had thought to offer me a little water.

I was told to expect a response "next week" which was last week in the here and now on Wednesday I e-mailed the HR department to chase things up and they gave no response, then on Friday I called the HR department up and spoke to someone who informed that the paperwork was still with the interview panel 9 working days after the interview with no idea on when that might change.

The only bright spark I have is that today I got an invite for another interview in a couple weeks time thankfully not at that organisation so we will see how that goes. I am at least happy that interviews are starting to come around now it is up to me to my best to secure that job.

Got another thing to write up in another post so check back tomorrow probably, have a good weekend people.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Celebrating The Positives

It is nice to write about good things happening for a change, yes people I actually have a job interview. All I can say about it is that it is an administration role and it is local which makes it a lot more efficient on the wallet should I be successful than huffing it back and forth from London. Though actually the job interview was not the reason I was writing this post about celebrating the positive.

I recently attended MCM Comic Con in London to do some press work. It was something I had done before and I was definitely looking forward to going into it better prepared with like six months of planning to go into it. Planning for what you may ask, well when you do press events there are roundtables where you interview various actors, creators etc. with lots of press asking them questions and you need to record that. I can't do shorthand and I can't afford a decent video camera so my first time I used my phone to do the recording and it barely lasted the day especially with me also using it take some photos.

This time I went in there with some specialist equipment:

  • £10 8gb sound recorded which is surprisingly good
  • Digital Camera
That with my phone made things a lot easier though if I had a little more leeway in terms of budget I would probably have added

  • Cheap used netbook
  • Mobile phone external battery
 There is a lot of travelling time between home and Comic Con and it could have better been spent starting to do write-ups for my website. I can't quite get across how draining and how long transcribing stuff from audio takes. After awhile you get in the zone but you still do a little dance when you are done.

Anyway if you want to see what all that stuff was about you can click on the links below to go to some of my articles.

Interview with Amanda Righetti (Colony, The Mentalist)

Dark Matter Press Roundtable

There are more but that is just a taste and there will be some more coming out this week. Hope your life is moving along on a positive if not keep fighting.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

What Scares You? Taking A Risk?

Things are not looking rosey at the moment career wise, I am feeling more and more pressure at the Job Centre now with weekly pointless meetings were I am left in no doubt about how little my advisor thinks of me asking me the same old questions each week. I half think they are looking for me to have a blowup so I can get sanctioned or something. According to the advisor there are no end of jobs in my field in the local area and everyone wants to hire someone who has been out of work for 5 years.

I can think of few things that are more likely to put someone off doing their best to find work than condescending job coaches (which I think is their proper title???). Anyway it has been clear to me that as well as pounding the virtual pavement of the job boards I need to look at other ways of creating cash. I was talking to a friend who definitely personifies that man of all seasons thing and he suggested I take a look at Teespring and see if I can run a successful campaign through it.

Other ideas might be to put up my comic collection for sale, I'd would feel bad selling it off at this point but in reality it has been more than a decade since I collected comics with any regularity and I haven't had access to them in about the same amount of time, they are all boxed up so I am stuck in that I really need to take a look at them research whether or not they are worth anything and take pictures and the like before I put them up for sale.

So subject to work commitments next weekend at Comic Con and all the transcribing after I am going to be working on some designs for T-shirts then maybe I will put them up for a poll or just consult some people who I respect to see which one I should go with. Obviously I need to make a brand to put them under at least on that I have some ideas.
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