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Posted by | Posted in Random | Posted on 27-02-2009

The best day of the week is here, and better still – my manager is on annual leave. I can’t believe I’ve not made a blog post since Monday… it’s almost as if I’ve had things to do at work!

Let’s have a quick look at what’s in the news at the mo. Firstly, scientists have discovered a new flavour of fish. Looks ridiculous if you ask me, but then again, I don’t eat fish so I wouldn’t care! (That makes no sense at all…). Apparently, the fish was actually discovered around 20 years ago, but because some nincompoop wrongly labelled it, it was thought to be something else, and it was only when the current batch of nincompoops couldn’t identify what looked like a bouncing fish at the bottom of the ocean did someone think to give it a name. Still, it’s got a name now, so it’ll no doubt appear in our supermarkets and Young’s Fish adverts in no time.

The continuing fiasco that is Facebook’s T’s and C’s is still ongoing, but apparently The Big F has decided to give users control over Facebook policies themselves. Personally, and I’ve said this before, I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Every other website you use has similar policies regarding user data, and some sites have much worse. Why is Facebook suddenly so important? It’s not like Facebook has got more information about you than any other social networking site, or any other website that you put information into, for that matter. Have most of the 120 million Facebook users only just realised that the internet exists, and as such, haven’t seen anything except Facebook? It all seems like a farce to me. A company as popular as Facebook is bound to get some criticism with regards to user data, but by the same token, they’re going to make extra sure that they don’t do anything that people don’t like.

One of the best programmes on TV is set to break a world record – it will become the longest running prime-time TV show in US TV history. I love The Simpsons, and always have ever since I first saw it. It started in 1989 and is currently in it’s 20th season, but the TV network that owns it has ordered another couple of seasons.

Being a US TV show, it always aires in the US before it aires in the UK, however on the 17th March, for the first time ever, an episode will make it’s world debut on Sky1 in the UK. I had no idea that that was going to happen until I read the article, but it makes sense as the episode is centred around St. Patrick’s Day – an Irish Bank Holiday.

Talking of great TV, the 6th episode of Skins was on last night. Of all the episodes, it was probably the worst one (but it was still fairly good, don’t get me wrong) because of the dreadful acting. The new series has been pretty good in my opinion, despite having an almost completely new cast (aside from two or three characters) and all in all it’s a great programme. But last night’s episode wasn’t that great, as the actress who plays Emily, and to a lesser extent Naomi, is pretty shocking. I don’t know if it was just because this particular episode had some softcore lesbo action, or if they really are poor actresses, but either way it wasn’t good viewing. On reflection, the pair of them seemed to have played their characters quite well throughout the series, so I choose to believe that this episode was a one-off.

I have to wonder, though, if there are any laws or rules about using minors (under-18s) in roles such as that. I don’t imagine for a second that the characters they play are anything like the actresses are in real life, so it must have been quite a daunting task to film that episode. Props to them both for giving it a go, but if you ask me, the awkwardness showed. Unless you can truly put it down to poor acting, of course. Either way, it wasn’t that good…

I saw an excellent film the other night – An American Crime. It’s the true story of the abuse and torture of a 16 year old girl, Sylvia Likens, by a monstrous cow, Gertrude Baniszewski. Judging from the look of the woman, she seems more than capable of commiting the horrible crimes portrayed in the film – and they weren’t a dramatised version either. Things were actually more gruesome for the poor girl than they were shown to be in the film.

(It’s funny how people can deem someone guilty based on nothing but looks, but as demonstrated just now, I’m guilty of it all too often. I’m sure a lot of other people are too. If ever I see a bunch of kids hanging around on a street corner, I immediately assume they’re after fags or booze from whatever poor sucker doesn’t tell them to sod off. Still, stereotypes make an appearence for a reason, and more often than not, they’re accurate.)

Although I couldn’t find An American Crime in it, Play has got a great sale on at the moment. I’ve just been through all 1500 films they have on offer, and picked up a few bargains. With free delievery, I’ve always thought Play were excellent. Amazon has reduced it’s free delivery limit to just £5 (so spend £5 or more to qualify for free delivery) but you just can’t beat it. £25 and a few days later, and I’m going to have a slightly larger DVD collection.

I have news. On Monday, a friend of mine gave me a bell and explained his next hair-brained scheme to me, and I’m up for it to the max. After deciding not to take a year out and go travelling due to the current economic climate, he suggested that we book a solid month off of work, and go on a month-long road trip across America! We’d start on the west coast – in San Francisco probably – and drive all the way to New York, seeing the sights and sounds as we went. Once in New York, we’d stay with a couple of friends for a few days before flying home. How awesome does that sound! I’ll keep you posted on the developments, although I plan to start another blog to keep track of what’s going on, and to have a place to upload pics and vids of our antics as the month goes on. We won’t be leaving until July-ish, so we’ve got a bit of planning (and saving up) to do, but it’ll be worth it.

Everyone I’ve spoken to about the idea has encouraged me to do it, as it’s one of those “once in a lifetime” things. Sure, you could book time off work at any time and go to the US, but having the time, money, and lack of other commitments isn’t a situation that people find themselves in all too often, and so it’s certainly something that should be done if the situation presents itself.

As we’ve got a few months notice, I’ll have some time to save up a reasonable amount of money, and it means that by the time we get back I’ll still have the same deposit/savings for a house that I’ve got now; perhaps even more. So although the house-hunting has been put on hold for the time being, I’ll still be in a reasonable position to continue looking once I get back from the trip.

The one thing I really should do between now and then is learn to drive, although I’m not sure how useful that would be overseas, considering the UK laws about hiring a car and the level of driving experience required. Anyone got any thoughts?

Afternoon Update: Bored! So bored! At least I’ve got the gym to look forward to tonight. I’ve just realised that I’m supposed to be giving blood on Wednesday, which means I won’t be going down the gym. But I’ll rant about that on Monday or something.

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