windelina: (cartoon annoyed)
You want a mouse-roller-ball. I get you a mouse-roller-ball. "Well, I don't know if I can use it. It's different than the other one I was playing with."

You are the most disorganized, needy, demanding, flake of a flake-head. I find it hard to respect you, especially when you can't bloody communicate with me in any effective manner!

We are not a good match.

How about you stop whining about how you need to bill more hours and actually bill the hours you work? You're here till 10pm several times a week. You work over the weekends. How do you have no hours to bill? Could it be that you are too "nice" to bill your clients for the work? Or are you embarrassed to admit how long it takes you to do things?

"I'll take every phone call. Every phone call is a chance for work." Well, that's nice, but if you take every phone call when are you going to finish the work you've already contracted to do??

And a few more irritants:
Why do you need to walk into my very small cubicle to hand me stuff? I have a ledge. I have an inbox. You don't need to leave stuff on my chair, I will find it when you put it where it belongs. "Where it belongs" does NOT mean randomly on my desk. Also, don't sit at my desk and rearrange my things just so you can write me a post-it note.

And, in conclusion, could you stop yelling directions or questions to me from your office? It's rude to the other office dwellers. And when I can't hear you, I have to get up and go to your office to ask. Is there a reason you can't send an email? Use the intercom? Or get off your butt?
Oh, wait - don't get off your butt, because if you come out here you'll just invade my space again!!

This is why one ought not to work for a person less intelligent than oneself.
windelina: (happy bunny)
There's a new conspiracy theory wending its way through bloggers as only the best internet rumors do.

Covered in today's Salon, the rumor is:

Bush was wearing a wire during the debates. Specifically, so that he could be fed answers.

The "proof":


See between his shoulder blades?
You have to admit, it is rather odd looking. What in the world would be causing that bulge? It's not like there's a pocket back there. Maybe it's a radar tracker in case Bush gets lost...

The author of the article says that he investigated (cuz even he immediately thought "photoshop") and went to the original footage from C-SPAN and he found the image himself at minute 23.
Questions have been asked, but nobody official is responding.

Now, I will say that this would completely in character for what I believe about this administration: spin over substance.
And it's a well-known trick for on-site reporters, and lord knows the technology is there.

But mostly at this point, I'm amused by it. True or not - I enjoy the idea and that's enough for right now.
windelina: (dreads)
Bid to Save Tax Refunds for the Poor Is Blocked
By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 23, 2004; Page A04
"Congressional negotiators beat back efforts yesterday to expand and preserve tax refunds for poor families, even as they added $13 billion in corporate tax breaks to a package of middle-class tax cuts that could come to a vote in the Senate today."

As story in the Strib today about the latest agreement to extent the tax cuts for 5 years WITHOUT FINDING THE FUNDING TO DO IT puts the cost of the tax breaks for poor families at 7 billion. So, 7 billion for the poor was axed but 13 billion for the corporations was okayed.

As the Center for American Progress has pointed out (via this Kos diary <http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/8/10/163741/463>) getting tough with poor people while letting big business and wealthy people slide is the Bush administration's m.o. "The Bush administration has simultaneously reduced audits of the biggest corporations (many of which finance its political campaigns) while increasing scrutiny of indivduals. More specifically, that increased scrutiny has fallen on the working poor, even as high-income and corporate tax cheating increases," CAP recently reported.

Yep, I'm getting my news from biased sources. And I'm sure the Center for American Progress is partisan too. But what if it were true? Individuals audited more often as the biggest corporate scandals in American history are happening...

To get the bad taste out of your mouth, I offer the Incomparable Daily Show:


JON STEWART: Well Stephen, what do you think is going to happen now at CBS News?

STEPHEN COLBERT, Daily Show Senior Media Correspondent: Jon, there's got to be some accountability. Dan Rather is the head, the commander in chief if you will of his organization. He's someone in the ultimate position of power who made a harmful decision based upon questionable evidence. Then, to make things worse, he stubbornly refused to admit his mistake, choosing instead to stay the course and essentially occupy this story for too long. This man has got to go!

STEWART: Uh ... we're talking about Dan Rather...?

COLBERT: Yes Jon, Dan Rather. CBS is in chaos, it's unsafe, riven by internal rivalries. If you ask me, respected, reputable outsiders need to be brought in to help the rebuilding effort.

STEWART: ... at CBS News?

COLBERT: Yeah, at CBS news! What possible other unrelated situation could my words be equally applicable to?! Now people need to be held accountable. The commander in chief, the vice president, the secretary of defense, the national security adviser -- everyone at CBS News needs to go! Jon, I can tell you, Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave.

STEWART: Walter Cronkite is still alive.

COLBERT: Not according to my sources ... at CBS News.
windelina: (cartoon annoyed)
The kids are all pissy and diva-ing. Actually, not all of them. Just the non-talented ones who are most undeserving of divahood.

Now I'm just being bitchy.

Okay, see - we cast the show. And kids have been dropping out (don't start me on some of THAT crap). So, we need to fill in some spots. Specifically, we need certain voices to round out the choral sound. So, I quite rightly leave it to my music director to do what she deems necessary.

We did try to bring in kids who had auditioned and got no response and no luck. So, she asked some kids who had not auditioned. Kids that, obviously, she knew from her chorus classes - she knew what voices she needed, knew who could give her what she wanted, and recruited.

And now comes the teenaged whinging. "Why are people who didn't audition being asked to be in the show when I auditioned and I'm not being asked?"
Because, you self-absorbed little brat, we need a 1st soprano and you're an alto. Got it??

There's also "But I got cast as the Wardrobe Lady and the Wardrobe Lady is supposed to be in this quartet and [music director] won't let me be in it!"
Well, honey, I cast you as the Wardrobe Lady because of your great big solo voice for "Another Op'nin". However, it turns out that great big solo voice doesn't stay in tune so well. Especially when singing harmony, alone, against 3 other girls in Andrews-Sisters-like chording.
You want the truth? It's not that [music director] is biased against you. It's not that "she doesn't know what she's doing" (yes, this girl actually said that). It's that you HAVE PITCH PROBLEMS AND ARE NOT THAT GOOD OF A SINGER.

But you don't actually want to hear that, do you?

I'm having huge angst today about this show. With a side order of teeth-gnashing. This is a more challenging show than "Guys and Dolls" on a purely technical level. The music is more challenging. Alot more bit parts to juggle. Shakespearean text. The works.
And I didn't get lucky with leads like I did with G&D. I feel good about two of the four major ones, but the other two - oy. It's gonna take work and it may be impossible.
But my biggest ache right now is that the kids aren't having fun. As evidenced by the whining.

I try to reassure myself that this is the normal state of things at this point in the rehearsal. But I do think it's fair to say that there's some sort of "sophomore slump" effect at work this time around. G&D was, in many ways, easy. The kids were excited to have a decent director and ecstatic to be a part of a show they knew was actually good. And now...they're taking it for granted somehow.

Current headache: I do not have to be at rehearsal tonight and tomorrow - it's music rehearsal only. But I came up with the bright idea to have a talk with the cast, air some of these issues, get things cleared up and put away (will you or nill you, my pets). I thought tomorrow night. But [music director] quite rightly believes the sooner the better. Especially since so much of the animosity is focusing on her.
But - I wasn't planning on going to Stillwater. I rode the bus in today. I have to pick up Cajones for the directors meeting tonight. I should be there by 7:30.

It's not impossible. I just don't know the best way to accomplish it.

And now my whinging is done.
For the moment.

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