Thursday, December 15, 2005

Work, trailers and stuff

I was handed the other day the largest and most intense investigation case the other day, weighted down with a heap of responsibility and expectation. Not only that but I have to arrange a present my findings on a monthly basis to two of the most senior members of the office. All of this begs the question…. WHY ME! I can barely get by on a day-to-day basis and in reality I’m still finding my feet in my current position.

I’ve always been under the impression that the only reason that I’ve managed to get as high as I am in the office is by fluke and fluke alone. I’m always waiting for the day that someone comes up to me and says “Lee, you’re crap… Why exactly are you in your job.” The frightening thing is that this latest case will give my superiors plenty of opportunity to make this observation.

It’s funny but someone I know who is way more qualified than me and holds a very high position in an accounting firm, sympathised with my point of view the other day. He even mentioned that he feels exactly the same, that is, he’s always waiting for someone to come up to him and ask why on earth he thinks he should be in the position he’s in now.

Guess I’m not the only paranoid one out there…

A few new trailers have been posted on the internet recently. These can all be found at this hand link:

A remake of The Poseidon adventure. I had absolutely zero hope that this film would look any good, however, I’m surprised to say that the trailer does look quite promising… One to keep my eye on.

The Da Vinci Code
An adaptation of the (damn good) book. The film also looks very promising with a great cast and also a good director behind the camera. Watching the trailer had me a little worried that they’d given too much of the plot away, but in retrospect, if you haven’t read the book, you wouldn’t really pick up on the significance of any of the scenes shown in the trailer.

Mission Impossible 3
Really liked Mission Impossible, but Mission Impossible 2 is one of my least favourite films (I’d give it approx 3/10 – as it’s one great big ego trip for Tom Cruise). I had high hopes for Mission Impossible 3 as it is being directed by J J Abram (Alias and Lost). Unfortunately, it looks a tad too much like Mission Impossible 2 for my liking.

Miami Vice
I was initially disappointed that this (another remake – obviously) was not set during the 80’s and is instead set around the current date. Also, I’m not a great fan of Colin Farrell (although he did make a good Bullseye). I have to say, however, that this also looks like it has potential. Looks similar in style to Michael Mann’s other films, namely Heat and Collateral.

On the Flat front, had a couple of women come and take a look around today – they told me that they worked at the airport and I suspect that they my be airhostess (as they seem to be European). Not too sure whether they will take on the flat, but fingers crossed.

Also, strangely, as I was driving home tonight after picking up some chips from the local chip shop (we had a long day and had little enthusiasm to cook), I happened to drive past a group of women scantily clad in Santa Clause outfits… jogging… Yep. Jogging.

Been feeling a tad low again this evening (as I seem to be as of late). Can’t put my finger on exactly why… Oh well.

Happened to read an interesting article on the BBC news website from Ubi Soft, explaining that the X-Box 360 version of King Kong is virtually unplayable in certain sections as this was only optimised for Hi Def TV’s and as a result on standard definition TV’s the contrast is unbearably low. The boss of Ubi Soft then goes on to suggest that you should play the game on older consoles for a better experience .. To quote: "When it's dark, you don't see where you have to go... I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't see it when we were developing the game. When you play on an Xbox or a PlayStation 2, you start to see that it is beautiful." Made me laugh…

Erm… I’ve rambled for far too long now…


steve said...

Did it occur to you that they might have given you that case to give you a chance to get some useful experience, and to help build your confidence? And that the regular presentations might be as much for your benefit as theirs? I regularly give my staff stuff that probably seems daunting at first, to expand their skills. It's fine to stretch people so long as you provide enough support when they get stuck.

From my own perspective, perhaps I'm just a masochist, but in many ways I actually like being given things that seem impossible or way too hard at first - because there's always a way, even if you can't see it to begin with, and once you've done it, it's an awesome feeling. Scary as hell to start off with maybe, but it's definitely worth it. I really don't like being given things I already know exactly how to do because I find it boring - if there's something I don't have a clue how to do to start off with, there's usually quite a lot of enjoyment in figuring out how. That's just me though - if you don't like that sort of thing or don't seek out challenging cases it might be that your bosses are just trying to help you build more confidence in your skills by steering you into cracking something good like this.

Sameranda said...

I think there was some sort of Hash House Harriers fun run on, maybe. And you had to wear a santa suit. I caught 5 mins on the local news and it lodged vaguely in my memory.

PS I have the opposite problem to you! I think that I'm brilliant at my job and my boss has it in in head that I am a dribbling fool that needs explicit instructions on how to do EVERYTHING! I quite envy you.