Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Random acts of texting

As I've got a new phone (well, new to me!), I've transferred stuff from my old one. Thought I'd share some random text messages. A day in the life of Traxy's phone...

On staff satisfaction surveys at work: "Had 2 fill in staff satisfaction survey so just leavin. Funny Qs like would i recommend work 2 others, do i believe survey results will make a diff.. Comedy!"

After having a Stage 1 Meeting at work: "Beaurocracy r0xx0rz, i love my employer so much i want 2 have its babies. :]"

After finding myself crying as I left work a few weeks ago and needed someone to talk to: "I think "mentally fragile" sums it up. :("

Would I recommend my workplace to friends? Not if I want to keep them. ;)

On people considering buying iPods: "NO IPOD!! I DARE U! Any other brand but f-in ipod!!"

Visiting Shropshire: "Got here around 6, not good mobile reception in middle of nowhere. lots of stars tonite! Beautiful surroundings n ludlow is insanely charming!"

Umbrellas are good things to have: "Hows lunch? Mine loox 2 b umm.. Wet. Ho hum. need 2 get a litte brolly that fits in bag so always available. Yes."

On LCI Travel: "Argh! phone rang. We've just been taken off the lci travel phone list... Again! ffs!" (One day, I shall tell you that story...)

On travelling to Norrköping: "Slept most of bus down + plane so am not insanely tired. Just..quite tired."

On walking down Lenton Lane: "Its less borin if u txt, listen 2 music or roleplay when walkin. Or talk but that reqs company 4 phone just get a lot of pantin when u fat."

In Narborough, realising I had left all my animal photos at home: "Never assume. It makes an 'ass' out of 'u' & 'me'. like assumin envelope w pics was in writin pad. In narboro w8in & all pics r @ home. Wtg me! X( got a pic of fred & sum of daisy on phone tho. Was gonna d/l mo by wap but no save pic option there! :(" Luckily, we didn't actually need them for that weekend anyway!

Some other ones I like as well, but they're in Swedish...

Aiming for the Oscar

"I have a child. I named him Oscar, because it'll be my only chance of ever getting one." - Ulla Skoog (the original is Swedish)

This year's Oscars have passed. Didn't see all of it, just saw the highlights program on Sky. No, correction, I saw most of it, not all of it. It would be fun to win an Oscar. Actually, winning any kind of award would be pretty awesome, but the Oscar... well, it's a prestige thing, you know?

My path to the red carpet would be by writing a script. I have plenty of ideas, I just need to structure them and make them into something else than just a concept. First of all, I thought I should write script. I have a book called The Writer's Guide to Writing Your Screenplay by Cynthia Whitcomb (Amazon). It's very informative, so now I've got some very good pointers on how to go about structuring it.

The thing is, do I have the confidence to write my own screenplay? Who knows? I thought a good way of prooving to myself I can do it, is to convert one of my silly fanfic stories about Modern Talking into an actual manuscript format. So far it's almost an hour long, and I still have part 6 left to convert, and about half of part 5, so it looks as if I'm going to make it into a full-length movie, even if it might not even reach 90 minutes. Anything from 70 minutes and up will do, and I'm pretty sure I can make that. If not, I'll have to make some adjustments.

So why am I doing this? Because I figure if I can prove to myself I've already written a full-length manuscript, there's nothing stopping me from writing another one. I've already done it once, therefore I can do it again. Sure, "What Goes Around, Comes Around, Dieter" is an exceedingly silly story and nothing anyone would ever look at, but that doesn't matter. I want to prove to myself I have the ability to write a whole movie, even if it's one that would never ever be made in a million years.

I've brought my expectations down already. Last NaNoWriMo I kinda proved I couldn't write 50k words in 30 days, so I'm ditching the book idea for now. A movie script is shorter in length, and therefore feels more doable. Although, to my defense, my idea for NaNo 2006 (my first ever NaNo, but I'm guessing it won't be the last) hit the floor the very first day, and I had to come up with a new idea, and all of that sort of threw me. Maybe one day I'll continue with my story of the time-travelling imp. We'll have to wait and see. In the mean time, I have a movie to write and an Oscar to win! (Well, you know what they say, "aim high" and all that.)

P.S. DHL picked up the camera this Monday, so now I'll just have to wait and see what happens. I have no idea when it'll be returned, or if it's the same one but fixed, a new/refurbished one or a completely new one. Really wouldn't say no to the S6500...

Saturday, February 24, 2007

My white dot

Here it is, I give you... my white dot on various occasions. 2/5/05 was three days after purchase. :/ Anyway, got the package in which to pack the camera today. Now I just have to phone up DHL to arrange for them to pick it up.

Rum and coke. There's 40% alcohol in rum. That equals tipsyness. It means typing becomes a bit tricky and everything is very funny. But I'm sobering up now, and it's 2am apparently, so I better ship off to bed now.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Whatever Happens

My sister's birthday next week, and we can't be there, because we can't take any days off, and even if I could, it would cost a bit too much, seeing as how I now won't have an income. Sucks! Will be going with Arnie to the Forever Living meeting tonight though, so maybe I can start cashing in on actually being one of their distributors. We shall see!

Right, last night I was talking about my digital camera and mentioned it was being repaired. It's because after the Boots Children in Need fireworks display (3 Nov. 2006), I noticed how on my pictures taken with my Fuji Finepix S5500, there was this white dot on the left side... on every picture. As I've recently been thinking about cancelling my pay-as-you-go cover on it (which I only took out because I was not planning on paying an extra £60 when I bought the camera, so I figured £2.50 a month was better), as the camera wasn't that expensive to begin with, and if I'm not in work, it means I'll save £2.50 by cancelling it. However, if I'm going to cancel it, at least I want a camera without that white dot!

I spoke to one of the Digital team leaders at work, wondering if they were the ones handling the digital cameras. They were not, but incidentally, he had a camera that needed repairing, so mentioned what happens when you book it. Got my receipt and warranty details off the system at work, as I've put the receipt in a Safe Place.

Later that day, I phoned up the number listed on the Currys website. Spoke to a lovely lady in a callcentre in Stoke, who also were running under the [insert negative adjective] name The TechGuys, but with a different owner. Like the one where I work, they too had been "sold like slaves" (man, I sure hope she didn't have a QC listening in!), but not to Capita, but some other company.

Being very tired is not a good idea when talking on the phone, unless you want to sound like a complete eejit. ;) Anyway, described the problem, saying it's not on the display of the camera, it's on the actual pictures - meaning, it's something wrong with the sensor inside the camera. She booked it for me, I got a reference number and will be getting packaging through the mail so I can send it off to be repaired. They have 21 days to repair it, or I can claim a replacement according to the Whatever Happens T&Cs. w00t! Then again, Fuji might be quick and have it back in a jiffy, you never know.

While talking to her, and she asked how long I've had the problem, I said I noticed it in November, and started to look through the picture folders on my PC. Pictures from last Christmas also had the dot. WTF. The first folder there is with pictures from 2 May 2005, which is less than a week after purchase... and yes, even those pictures had the dot! Only slightly smaller and not as bright! *bangs head on bookcase* If I had noticed, I could've just taken it back to the store and said "oi, replace it!"... but noooo. Ruddy good thing I DID take out that policy!

The problem is a white dot, as I mentioned. On a black background, it's 3x3 pixles. On a lighter background, it's about 6x6 pixles, as the brighter spot is surrounded by a darker ring. On the pictures from 2/5, the bright bit alone is 2x2 and in total it's 4x4, but it's not as prominent, so easy to miss - like I did. For over 1½ years. Arghhh!

My first digital camera was a Olympus C-220 Zoom, which I got off Pixmania in the spring of 2004. It wasn't quite what I was after, but it was the closest I could get for the least money. It broke down three months after purchase, when it started bluescreening (!) on me when we were at Twycross Zoo. In order to return something to Pixmania, you have to send it recorded to France. Recorded mail from Sweden (as well as international postage) is not the cheapest thing, plus I'd also have to pay for them shipping it back to me. Sod that! Even though I had agreed to the deal that said if my camera broke down, they'd replace it. Yeah, with me spending a wad of cash on postage. Not gonna happen!

I phoned Olympus in Sweden. After explaining the problem, they said for me to send it in, as it was an electrical fault. Two weeks later or so, I got a package from them. I was expecting either my camera to be fixed, or a new C-220 at most. When I opened the package, I went "oooo!" as what I had was not my camera. Nor was it a new C-220. It was a C-310! The C-310 was a bit more what I had been thinking the C-220 was. It's like the model up from it, and it's a lot better. I was thrilled to bits. I didn't get my camera fixed, I got a new, much better one! :D It's worked perfectly fine ever since. My precious.

Can't really expect the same scenario again, but maybe... just maybe... they can't fix it, and since it's an old model now, get me the newer one - the S6500, which kind of came out on top in the Gadget Show recently... Oh, I'd wish...

I'll keep you posted. ;)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Am doing my third assessment on Sunday. :) Hopefully, I'll pass it like I did the previous two, and that means I only have one left, and we're trying to set a date - hopefully next week. We'll see how it goes. I'm hoping for the best.

Hoping for the best in regards to trying to find another job... not so good. Went to an interview last Monday, which is the second time I've been for an interview there. First time was last March, I think it was. They really liked me then, but alas, I was not what they were looking for in a Video Editing Consultant. This time, they really liked me again... but hired a couple of other people for their tech support. Okay, I get the picture, I'm not meant to work in tech support heaven.

I'm just hoping my slight inability to find a decent job (I'M - NOT - WILLING - TO - WORK - IN - A - CALL CENTRE - EVER - AGAIN!!!) is so that I can finish ACT2 and become a certified animal communicator and do that for a living, and get those diplomas in parapsychology and counselling skills that I'm studying for. Earn a living doing what I'm good at and what I love doing.

Right now I'm exceedingly tired. Not enough sleep (and damnit I was gonna go to bed at least an hour ago!) and a depression to boot. Yes. My reason for resigning, as written on my notice, is this:

"I have been feeling very depressed over the past few months, and the work atmosphere has not been conducive to my mental health or relationship. I feel that this will only get worse for me if I continue where I am, and have therefore decided to be proactive about it."

I'm not joking. Look at Wikipedia: Clinical Depression symptoms I score about 70-80% on the two lists of symptoms there. *turns to camera* "Great".

Oh, and by the way, today, I called to have my digital camera repaired. But I'll tell ya more about that tomorrow, because I really need to haul myself into bed now.