Well, combining the insomnia, the "burglary" and the apathy has meant I've acheived nothing this weekend except "rest". Not even tidied up, which had been the main plan for today. Ah well.

Did, however, watch the DVDs which arrived Friday morning. Doctor Who disc one is excellent, glad I ordered it, and I can see why people are talking about how great it is, I've even begun to like Billie/Rose. Also, the DVD is itself well put together.

Angel series 5? Good, as expected, amusing, well produced, mostly funny; I especially like the episode where Spike and Angel go to Rome, no idea who "The Immortal" is but, well, funny.

However, what is it with crappy DVD manufacturers that have over the top interactive menues and annoyingly long intros? I had the same issue with Dark Angel as well. Doctor Who, I can just put in the disk and press play. This is good. Angel insists that I wait for a copyright warning to finish on every DVD (I bought it, I paid for it, and I don't copy stuff, stop telling me what I already agree with FFS), but also insists I both select each episode and then confirm I want to watch it and not a 'special feature'.

Given how crappy my TV resolution is, negotiating menues I can't read clearly is tricky. I want to just hit play, the way I can with B5, Crusade, and, IIRC, Firefly. But with Angel I have to go through 2 separate menues and watch a crappy intro between each one.

Stupid. Ah well; back to work tomorrow, not that I'll sleep tonight. I suspect more re-watching is coming on.
See, I was almost feeling sleepy at about 3.20am. Then I heard a weird noise coming from outside, so I climb onto the bed, open the window, and peek out.

There's a bloke trying to break into the laundry shed. Now, I never use it; I prefer a launderette or go to my sisters or parents, but we've had people break in tere to sleep and steel bits of the machines before, so I shout at him to get lost.

Turns out it's the new bloke from downstairs; he's only lived there 2 months, never met him. Except, WTF was he doing trying to break in? Claimed he'd been at work since 7am, had to be back again at 7am, and needed the clothes he'd left in there this morning.

This is an excuse for him to break the lock why, exactly? I asked him this, he responded by asking if I was one of the 'people' that kept him awake with music last night. How this was related to his braking and entering I don't know, (it wasn't me, natch, but, well, not relevent). Seemed to think that because he needed the clothes, breaking the locks was perfectly ok. Told him to piss off and sort it out in the morning.

Sp, here I am. 4.40am, no sign of sleep, birdsong outside. Supposed to be meeting an agent and our asian rep tomorrow, help Jules give them a tour of the bay, but it's optional. To make it, I now need to not sleep, in which case I'll be cranky. Bugger, need to get into marketing if I want to stay in the industry, but my fuckwit neighbour has messed it up again. Gah!

Insomnia sucks, especially if you have a 9-5 job. It was bearable when I was studying, but now it's killing me.
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Ho hum...

May. 12th, 2005 10:28 pm
My insomnia kicked in last night, work is beginning to get stressful; I know that, no matter what happens and how well I do, everyone will blame me for any and all problems this summer; my job inevitably has problems, it's the nature of the business. The trick is to reduce te number, and deal with those that happen well.

Regardless, people will still think I'm crap even if I do better than anyone else could possibly do (which, not wanting to sound too arrogant, is likely). Ah well.

Zoe my exceptionally capabla deputy is moving house this week, Julie, the new assistant, is settling in well, so things should be ok. Still scared shitless though, as usual. Doesn't help that the new MD and Dep MD/ops (my direct boss) are both new, so have nothing to compare it to.

Anyway, more interesting meme than normal, from [livejournal.com profile] ollyb.
Read more... )
Fell asleep while reading last night, without noticing we'd had another powercut so my clock alarm had reset itself. Which meant it decided it was midnight and woke me up at 4am (the alarm default is midnight? WHY?).

So, I slept most of the morning, and would still be in bed "resting" if I hadn't run out of water. Ah well. Cooked breakfast at 2pn; what does that classify as, late brunch?

What Tim Burton character are you? )
Oh look, I'm the slightly gothic misfit. Meh.

I keep meaning to motivate myself and go out and campaign. Haven't managed it yet.
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Oops...

Apr. 17th, 2005 05:53 pm
K, guess what I did Saturday? Yup, I slept. Problem with insomnia and a full time job is you still need to drag your carcass into work each morning during the week, no matter how little sleep you've had. Which means by the weekend you're exhausted, so you catch up on the sleep. Which means your body confirms its opinion that waking up at 2pm is the correct thing to do. And so the cycle perpetuates.

And so to today. My sister rings. Did you go shopping yesterday? What did you get Mum for her birthday?

Panic shopping as the shops close )

£75 in Tesco? I only went in for some bread and some milk... )

That's why I avoid shopping. I hate wondering around looking at things, I just want to grab and go. Which means I don't stop myself from grabbing stuff. I've been so close to buying a laptop just because it looks nice a few times too many recently...

Anyway, in election news, Kilroy has been caught out as a huge, vote rigging liar. Well, ok, it was an online poll on his own website. Read how the Orange Tanned One tried to rig his own poll/ Veritas=Truth? I think not.

Cuts inserted as I realised it was a little long...
So, we have lined up the most messed up and dull campaign I can remember. The two main parties throwing insults and belittling each other while hoping no one really notices that they're so similar you can't really tell them apart. The LibDems (ie us) trying to get noticed while not getting involved too much in the petty spats and trying to figure where they can win and how.

So, I'll give it a little bit before I renew the TV licence; if I don't, anyone care to volunteer me a sofa seat to watch Mr Snow on election night?

Assuming of course I don't spend it at a count somewhere, I booked the day plus before and after off work today. If nothing else, I'll watch the results as they all come in.

Odd on Michael Howard keeping his seat are amusing to watch :-D

In other news, I've got heavily back in to Warhammer and 40K recently, and have lost interest in CCGs for a bit. So far I'm not doing well on the winning stakes, but that'll improve.

I do like the current 40K rules, I especially like the compressed copy of them in the Macragge box, very handy.

Beyond that, been working a lot; very succesful in hitting targets, etc, but the old boss is still trying to poison everything; she's convinced my approach is completely wrong. Doesn't seem to understand that using maths, statistics and predictions based on established patterns is a better method than gut instinct and shouting at people. Ah well.

Nothing to note on the whole getting a girlfriend thing; haven't actually put any effort in, although I'm seeing/speaking to Lou a lot. Something might happen if I ever get around to asking I guess...

Mitch Benn was very cool last night I thought.
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I'm Mat. This is my personal journal, the fun stuff. I also write in a few other places, including Not Little England (on UK politics) and TaKtiX (about gaming).

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