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Listening to Radio 4 is probably bad for my blood pressure.

Presenters: stop saying "of course" when you're adding extra information regarding a story or a person! If it's so obvious it's worth adding "of course" then it's probably too obvious to mention. And when I don't know the stuff that follows the "of course" it makes me feel like you're patronising me and that doesn't really encourage me to keep listening.

I know half the country says "PIN number" but NEWSREADERS? On Radio 4? Shame on you.

Stop telling me I can podcast BBC content. I bloody can't*. Podcasting is what YOU do, I subscribe to your podcast. I can't podcast your content any more than I can broadcast it and nobody goes around telling me to "Broadcast the chart show on Sunday!".

And then there are the phrases that they keep using because the whole world does, but they're STUPID phrases:

"Organic produce" should not be a subset of produce. Fruit and veg and meat are not minerals, they are organic. Who let them steal the word and redefine it to be a subset of what it used to define... that's not going to cause any confusion, is it?

"Identity theft" is not theft! You can't steal an identity outside of SF. If you start with an identity, it doesn't go away because someone else is claiming to be you. It's identity spoofing, or fraud or something, it's not a bloody theft!

And similarly, the details of millions of benefit recipients have NOT been lost, they've been compromised. They've still got the originals, haven't they? ... haven't they?

*Although I'm happy to have a job that means I currently *am* part of that process.
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School was easy. At school they introduced a concept and gave you simple exercises that got progressively harder until you were familiar with the idea.

Work ain't like that. I've spend a frustrating day getting nothing done and feeling stupid. The system we're using for the current project is something I've had no exposure to previously and while I follow along as I'm walked through an example I'm completely failing to transpose that knowledge to what I'm trying to acheive myself. It's frustrating and tiring and my head feels like it's full of cotton wool. I'm going to get an early night, I think, and hope tomorrow works out better. The worst of it is looking stupid in front of colleagues. I think (hope!) it's going to suddenly slot into place at some point but right now it seems impossible and I want to forget all about it. So, of course, it's playing on my mind instead and irritating me.

There's a general low undercurrent to things at the moment. Can't seem to find enthusiasm for much, right now. Maybe it's hormones, maybe it's the fact that it rains every single bloody day, maybe it's the ongoing low after the high of the convention. Whatever it is, it's leaving me drained even when not tired and I'd really like to come out the other side kinda soon now, please.
Feb. 10th, 2002 04:00 pm


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So try telling me THIS picture is "cute". I won't believe you.

There's this thing about my neutral expression - it looks miserable. Unless I'm actually amused by something I tend to look extremely pissed off. And that leads people to tell me to cheer up or offer the "it might never happen" type platitudes. And you know what? That REALLY pisses me off.
Oct. 25th, 2001 09:00 pm


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I had a dentist appointment today. I arrived roughly three minutes late. They refused to see me after keeping me in a queue for a further five minutes. I don't think I've ever been that angry in a public place before and whilst I didn't intentionally slam the door open on the way out, judging by the noise it made, there may well be a dent in the wall.


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